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Karen Otmani Jailed Over Body In Wheelie Bin
A woman who killed her lover and hid his body in a wheelie bin in her bedroom for 11 days has been jailed for life.
Mother-of-two Karen Otmani, 42, was told she would have to serve a minimum of 17 years behind bars after being found guilty of murdering Shaun Corey.
After spiking his beer, Otmani tied him to her bed at her home in Forest Hill, south London, before placing a plastic bag over his head on June 4 last year.
She then hid his body in the green bin for 11 days before a police search revealed what she had done, the Old Bailey heard.
She put him into the bin with the help of her friend, Bernard Beddoe, laid it on its side, and covered it up.
Otmani had been talking about getting rid of her on-off lover and had even asked another boyfriend to experiment with some blue liquid to see if it would knock him out, it was alleged.
Bobbie Cheema, prosecuting, told the jury: "When she began to speak about killing Mr Corey, he did not take it seriously."
Mr Corey, 42, was heard arguing with Otmani in her bedroom before they were joined by Beddoe, 60, whom she called Uncle.
New boyfriend Keith Jones rang police after visiting the flat and being told: "He's in there".
Miss Cheema said: "She said she'd measured her freezer but it was too small and she needed to get another freezer."
The court heard Otmani told officers: "I killed him. He freaked me out and I killed him."
Judge Gerald Gordon told Otmani: "For reasons best known to yourself, you formed the intention to kill your on-off partner.
"You concealed his body for a significant period, causing extra suffering for his family."
Otmani, who wore a pink top in the dock, showed no emotion but thanked the judge after she was sentenced.
Beddoe, of Brockley, south London, was found guilty of assisting an offender and was remanded for reports until December 7.