Man, 22, denies murder of Exeter woman Lorraine Cox

A 22-year-old man has denied murdering Exeter woman Lorraine Cox and preventing the lawful burial of her body.

Christopher Mayer, also known as Azum Rasul Mohammed Mangori, appeared at Exeter Crown Court on Thursday (October 8) accused of murdering the 32-year-old Exeter woman between August 30 and September 9, 2020.

The defendant, of no fixed abode, pleaded not guilty to the charge of murder and denied a second indictment of preventing the burial of Lorraine Cox’s body without a lawful excuse.

He spoke only to confirm his name and birthdate and was remanded into custody to stand trial at Exeter Crown Court on March 1, 2021.

Devon and Cornwall Police said the bail of five other men, aged 43, 22, 30, 33 and 71, arrested in connection with the investigation has been extended to December 10, 2020.

This has been authorised by a superintendent and is to allow officers to carry out further enquiries, police said.

Police are warning the public against posting any speculation on social media, reminding them the court case is active.

Lee Nattrass, Detective Chief Inspector from the Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “Family members of Lorraine are being supported by specialist family liaison officers and they continue to ask that their privacy is respected during this difficult time.

“While of course we understand the public interest in these updates, we remind the public that this is a live and active case and we ask members of the public not to speculate on social media.

“Should any member of the public feel that they have information that could assist the investigation team I would urge them not to post this online and instead make contact with the police.”

Contact police on 101@dc.police.uk or by calling 101 quoting log 285 09/09/20.

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