Kentish Town transsexual prostitute was strangled by last customer, court is told
A PRE-OP transsexual was strangled at her home in Kentish Town by a man who had visited her for a sexual encounter, a court was told. Murder victim Destiny Lauren, 29, of Leighton Crescent was choked to death in the early hours of November 6 last year by
A PRE-OP transsexual was strangled at her home in Kentish Town by a man who had visited her for a sexual encounter, a court was told.
Murder victim Destiny Lauren, 29, of Leighton Crescent was choked to death in the early hours of November 6 last year by her "last customer" Leon Fyle, 22, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard this week.
Ms Lauren, who worked as a prostitute, was born Justin Samuels - and her uncle was Paul Hill, a member of the Guildford Four who wrongly served 15 years in jail for two IRA pub bombings.
Duncan Penny, prosecuting, said: "The Crown's case is the defendant Leon Fyle telephoned Destiny Lauren on that evening and it was he who travelled across London to visit her.
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"It was he who went to her place for the purpose of a sexual encounter, it was he who killed her there by compressing her neck, most probably by strangulation."
The murder victim was born a man but changed her name at the age of 17 and began living as a woman - getting breast implants but retaining male genitalia, the court was told.
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Her brother Linden, who suffers from schizophrenia, had been staying with her but whenever a client called round he would leave the flat.
That night he waited outside the block, walking around streets, where he saw a man matching Fyle's description with a "bad looking face" arrive in the flat soon after he had left, the court heard.
Fyle, of Laleham Road, Catford, denies murder.
The trial continues.
Updates to follow.