An Iraqi-Kurdish illegal immigrant dumped his girlfriend's murdered body in a cardboard box
An Iraqi-Kurdish chef strangled his girlfriend with a dressing gown cord then left her body in a cardboard box in an abandoned car 15 months after being declared an illegal immigrant, a jury heard today.
Faruk Farik, 33, fled the country after killing Inga Losiene, 32, at the home the couple shared in Southend, Essex, in May last year, Chelmsford Crown Court was told.
Patricia Lynch QC, prosecuting, said Farik, who denies murder, lost the right to stay in the UK in February 2004 but had not been deported.
She said he hid Miss Losiene's bikini-clad body in a cupboard under the stairs in their house.
He then put the body in the boot of a car, which he left near a railway station in Southend.
Police found Miss Losiene nine days later after a tip-off, jurors were told.
Farik and Miss Losiene, who came from Lithuania, both arrived in Britain separately in 1999, seeking political asylum.
They met while staying in a hotel in Southend shortly after arriving in England.
Both had been given the right to stay but Farik's permission was revoked five years later.
"This defendant killed his girlfriend in the family home in Southend," said Ms Lynch. "Having killed her, he hid her body in a cupboard under the stairs."
She added: "He arrived in this country in 1999 seeking political asylum. He... was given leave to stay. He lost his right to stay in the UK on the 4th of February 2004.
"Despite the immigration authorities being aware and him staying at the same address, no enforcement took place."
Ms Lynch said she expected Farik to say he moved Miss Losiene's body after returning home to find her dead in the cupboard because he was afraid that police would think that he had killed her.
Farik also denied raping and sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl in a number of unrelated incidents, jurors were told.
CAR BODY KILLING RAP
Inga was strangled, court told