Chilling photo shows killer moving bin where he dumped body of missing woman before she was 'incinerated with rubbish' | The SunNovember 17, 2023
CHILLING photos show a killer moving a bin where he dumped the body of a missing woman he murdered before she was incinerated.
Maureen Gitau, 24, was last seen leaving her home in Deptford, South East London, where she had earlier celebrated her aunt's birthday.
She told her family she was going to meet Mark Moodie, a caretaker she had grown close to while working at the Oval cricket ground.
The killer took Maureen to a block of flats where he worked but she never left the building alive.
Moodie has now been found guilty of murdering Maureen, whose body has still not been found.
The 55-year-old was captured on CCTV moving a large communal waste bin around the basement of Richmond House in Deptford.
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The Old Bailey was told Moodie dumped Maureen's body in the bin and covered her with trash.
This rubbish was collected a few days later and taken to a processing plant where she would have been "inevitably" incinerated".
Police launched a huge search – trawling through 500 hours of CCTV from doorbells, buses and shops.
They also sifted through 2,750 tonnes of waste that was delivered to a site in Essex by 125 trucks.
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This involved 60 officers each day – totalling 20,000 search hours.
Despite the mammoth search, Maureen's body has still not been found.
Detective Chief Inspector Kate Blackburn, said: "My thoughts today are with Maureen's family, who have been cruelly prevented from putting a much loved daughter, sister, niece and cousin to rest. I am glad we have, been able to bring to justice the man responsible for her death
"Mark Moodie murdered Maureen and then disposed of her body. He has never admitted any responsibility and told lie after lie after lie.
"He is a contemptible individual and I am glad the jury has seen through his deceit and found him guilty or Maureen's murder.
"My team spent many months investigating Maureen’s murder, their professionalism and dedication is just one example of the Met's determination to bring killers to justice.
"Once we realised how Moodie had disposed of Maureen's body, we carried out one of the largest searches of waste the Met has ever seen.
"We were desperate to find her, for the sake of her family, and it will always be a regret that she was gone by the time we understood what Moodie had done with her body."
Moodie was remanded into custody to be sentenced at a later date.
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