Friends of murdered millionaire call girl Carole Waugh have revealed their shock after discovering the oil executive’s double life, saying they thought she was just the ‘ordinary girl next door’ until she was brutally murdered by her conman gambling addict boyfriend.
Carole Waugh was killed in 2012, aged 49, by Rakesh Bhayani, then 41, in a row over money at her central London home.
After stabbing her in the neck Bhayani stole the £5,000 cash she kept in her home before taking her jewellery including a £4000 Cartier bracelet to sell as well as swiping money from her current account and, even trying to sell her £750,000 Marylebone flat.
But a new documentary, set to air tomorrow on Channel 5, has shown how those closest had no idea about her wealth and work, and though she was a ‘nice, ordinary, girl next door’.
Friends of murdered millionaire call girl Carole Waugh (pictured) have revealed their shock after discovering the oil executive’s double life, saying they thought she was just the ‘ordinary girl next door’ until she was brutally murdered by her conman gambling addict boyfriend
Carole, who was born in County Durham, worked in the oil and gas industry and travelled around the world for her work.
In the nineties, she travelled to Libya where she lived a ‘glamorous expat lifestyle’ working as an accountant an oil company, spending time with other western immigrants and drinking in embassy bars.
But following a heartbreak in 2008 she left without telling her friends and moved back to her London home, which she is thought to have bought by saving up her salary, as the cost of living was low in Libya.
After arriving back in the UK, she signed up to dating sites advertising herself as a sex worker, and called herself ‘posh totty fun’.
It was there she met Bhayani, who falsely described himself as a doctor at a top London hospital.
While he may have dressed the part, his story was a lie.
Carole, who was born in County Durham, worked in the oil and gas industry and travelled around the world for her work
Bhayani was a career conman and gambling addict with more than 40 convictions for fraud, and was exploiting Carole’s desire for love.
Oblivious to Bhayani’s lies, Carole soon fell victim to his romantic charms and was slowly drawn in by his evil schemes.
Less than a year later, Bhayani would take not only her money, but also her life.
After borrowing more than £50,000 from her for a series of gambling debts, the two came to blows in an argument about money in 2012, which resulted in him stabbing her.
And it wasn’t until her death that her friends and family discovered her double life
A new documentary, set to air tomorrow on Channel 5, has shown how those closest to Carole had no idea about her wealth and work, and though she was a ‘nice, ordinary, girl next door’. She is pictured
‘I first met Carol Waugh in 2002 working for a Libyan oil company,’ her friend Leigh said.
‘She then joined us to do the accounts, basically she was the bookkeeper doing the day-to-day accounts.
‘We were shocked an surprised that the press described her as an escort girl, that she was basically a high-class hooker, that she was a millionairess, that wasn’t the girl we knew.
‘She was just an ordinary girl, perhaps looking for love’.
‘She had beautiful long reddish hair, but was just an ordinary girl next door’.
Carole Waugh was killed in 2012, aged 49, by Rakesh Bhayani, then 41, in a row over money at her central London home. He is pictured
Other friends described her as ‘nice’ and ‘sociable but not an extrovert’ and a ‘naive country girl’.
To this day, her friends and family don’t know how Carole got her wealth, as she only earned £24,000 a year while working in Libya.
Those who worked with her during the eight years she spent in the Libyan capital speak of ‘a complex character’ who told extraordinary stories about her life in England — tales which left many of her fellow workers ‘baffled’.
Despite never having been married, she wore a huge diamond solitaire engagement ring and gold wedding band — and told her colleagues of a wealthy Egyptian husband who had died and left her a fortune.
She spoke of owning a flat behind Harrods in Knightsbridge, and having a top-of-the-range Harley Davidson motorbike. She claimed that back in London she rubbed shoulders with film stars at parties.
Her friends and family were shocked to hear about her tragic end. ‘We heard about Carole’s death when we in a car dealership. My wife opened the newspaper and there was a pictured of Carole,’ one friend Tim said.
‘None of us could work out why she had come to Libya to work for just £24,000 a year if she was already so wealthy,’ one British secretary who worked and lived alongside her for six years told the Daily Mail in 2012.
‘A lot of what she said simply didn’t add up. We were quite baffled by her. We just didn’t know what was truth and what was fiction.’
Others described her as a fantasist, with her brother telling the Old Bailey at the time of her trial she often spoke of being close to the Gadaffi family, which he didn’t believe.
‘The stories were embroidered and exaggerated to give an impression she was more successful than she was and happier than she was,’ he said.
But she was wealthy enough to keep £30,000 in her current account and was generous and trusting with friends, loaning her gambling addict boyfriend more than £50,000.
But when she asked for the money back a row erupted, resulting in her death.
Bhayani stabbed her in the neck and placed her body ina bag which was carried to a car. The vehicle was initially stored in a central London car park, behind John Lewis on Oxford Street, but it was then left in a rented garage in New Malden, south-west London.
Together with his accomplice Nicholas Kutner, 48, Bhayani used female impersonators to try and strip every asset Carole had ever owned in the hopes of hitting a ‘million pound jackpot.’
Her furniture and jewellery were sold and her bank accounts were emptied out by the pair. They also stole her identity and managed to defraud banks and other institutions of more then £250,000.
The Old Bailey heard how the pair blew the money on posh hotels, prostitutes and gambling – with Bhayani losing £200,000 at the roulette tables in London’s West End within just a few weeks.
It was only when the pair tried to sell Ms Waugh’s flat for £750,000 with Kutner posing as Miss Waugh’s brother Chris that they were caught by police.
He is now serving a 27 year sentence.
Her friends and family were shocked to hear about her tragic end.
‘We heard about Carole’s death when we in a car dealership. My wife opened the newspaper and there was a pictured of Carole,’ one friend Tim said.
‘We were extremely shocked, she was just a nice person’.
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