A woman on a night out was killed by a man who then cut her body into seven pieces in his flat above a kebab shop, a court heard.

Lorraine Cox, 32, had the "misfortune" to bump into Azum Mangori, 24, also known as Christopher Mayer, a court heard.

Prosecutors at Exeter crown court say Lorraine was walking home alone after a night out with friends when Mangori pounced.

It is alleged he then took her back to his room above a kebab shop and killed her.

Lorraine was reported missing by friends the next day prompting an intensive police search for her.

Eight days later Mayer was interviewed by cops and later charged with her murder.

Police erect tents in Mary Arches Street, Exeter, Devon, near a kebab shop after Lorraine Cox's disappearance
The defendant is accused of killing Lorraine Cox in a flat above a kebab shop, Exeter

Exeter Crown Court heard he had tried to cover his tracks by dismembering her body and then using her sim card to make it seem like she was still alive.

Simon Laws QC, for the prosecution, told the jury: "One night in the summer of last year, Lorraine Cox went missing in Exeter.

''She had been out with friends in the evening, it was the Bank Holiday Monday at the end of August

"At about 1.30am she had set off to walk home alone, she had had a lot to drink.

"Her whereabouts were a mystery to her friends and family for the next week.

Missing poster for Lorraine Cox
Lorraine Cox had gone out with her friends on the night she died

''No one knew where she was, the answer was that she had been killed by this defendant.

"She had had the great misfortune to be spotted by him when she was walking home. He was out walking the streets alone.

"He went up to her, they had never met one another before.

''He took advantage of her drunken state to have a sexual encounter with her in an alleyway.

Murder investigation launched in Mary Arches Street, Exeter, after the disappearance of Lorraine Cox
Police cordon off Mary Arches Street after Lorraine's disappearance
Murder investigation launched in Mary Arches Street, Exeter
Lorraine was reported missing by friends prompting a police search

"He then led her back to his room above a kebab shop in the city centre and he killed her there."

Mr Laws told the jury that after dismembering Lorraine's body, Mangori used her sim card to make it appear that Lorraine was still alive.

He added: "He cut her body up into seven pieces and disposed of them.

"He mutilated the body in other ways. He disposed of her clothing and all of the possessions she had had with her and then he took the sim card from her phone and used it to pretend to be her, to pretend to the world that she was still alive.

"In summary, he went to enormous efforts to get away with his crime, but those efforts were all in vain.

''He had no idea of the scale and intensity of the police investigation that was to follow.

"Each step that he had taken to hide the truth would be discovered, the evidence from that police inquiry will be put before you in this trial."

Mangori denies murder and preventing her lawful burial.

Mangori is being defended by Adam Vaitilingham and Joss Ticehurst.

The trial is expected to last for four weeks and is being presided over by Mr Justice Garnham.