An Iraqi illegal immigrant has been found guilty of murdering his girlfriend in Britain
A chef who strangled his girlfriend and left her body in the boot of a car has been convicted of murder.
Farukh Farik was found guilty on Monday of killing Inga Losiene last year.
The jury at Chelmsford Crown Court also found the Iraqi national guilty of two counts of rape and one of assault. He is due to be sentenced on Tuesday.
The jury heard 34-year-old Farik, an illegal immigrant, fled Britain after killing the 32-year-old Lithuanian at their home in Southend, Essex.
He allegedly hid the body in a cupboard before leaving it in the boot of a car near Southend railway station in May last year.
Farik and Miss Losiene arrived in the UK separately in 1999, seeking political asylum.
They met while staying in a hotel in Southend shortly after arriving in England.
Patricia Lynch QC, prosecuting, said Farik, who denies murder, had lost the right to stay in the UK in February 2004 but had not been deported.
"Despite the immigration authorities being aware and him staying at the same address, no enforcement took place," she said.
Police found Miss Losiene nine days after she disappeared, following a tip off, jurors were told.
Judge Mr Justice Penry-Davey will rule on Tuesday on how long Farik must stay in prison before being considered for parole.
Farik Farukh on trial for killing his girlfriend
Photos of car boot death suspects