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Man accused of murdering Kentish Town transexual admits £150 sex session

PUBLISHED: 13:40 05 August 2010 | UPDATED: 17:04 07 September 2010

A SEX punter accused of murdering a pre-op transsexual prostitute in Kentish Town admitted he enjoyed a £150 session with her before leaving. Leon Fyle, 22, had a 30-minute sexual encounter with Destiny Lauren, 29, at her home in Leighton Crescent on Nove

A SEX punter accused of murdering a pre-op transsexual prostitute in Kentish Town admitted he enjoyed a £150 session with her before leaving.

Leon Fyle, 22, had a 30-minute sexual encounter with Destiny Lauren, 29, at her home in Leighton Crescent on November 5 last year while her brother Lyndon Samuels sat outside her home, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard this week.

Mr Samuels, 32, was regularly banished outdoors while his sister serviced

clients but he returned later that night to find his sister's semi-naked, lifeless body trussed in stockings, it was said.

Fyle - her "last customer" - had choked the tiny pre-operative transsexual to death before robbing her of cash and jewellery, then had sex with two women prostitutes at a King's Cross brothel, it is claimed.

Miss Lauren was the niece of Guildford Four member Paul Hill, who wrongly served 15 years in jail for two IRA pub bombings. Taking the stand at Snaresbrook Crown Court Fyle admitted he had enjoyed a 30-minute session with Miss Lauren, but claimed she had then escorted him out of her home.

Fyle, a bisexual, said he was "intrigued" by transsexual prostitutes and had contacted others.

His barrister Sally O'Neill QC asked whether his girlfriend Gemma Hadleigh was aware of his visits to prostitutes and whether their relationship was affected by his antics. "Obviously I was cheating," he said.

He claimed he walked from Kentish Town tube station to Miss Lauren's flat where she met him at the door barefooted, wearing blue jeans and a beige cardigan. But he said he was unimpressed with the state of her home, describing it as being like a tip.

"After seeing the state of her flat it kind of put me off," said Fyle. "I didn't want to stay that long, plus she told me she had other clients coming. I agreed to give her £150 for half an hour. It was a lot of money but then again she was an unusual prostitute, so I thought it was quite reasonable."

He said Miss Lauren donned leopard-print stilettos and took off her cardigan to reveal a pink vest top. Fyle said after the session he noticed a black Yves Saint Laurent clutch bag among the clutter of Miss Lauren's bedroom and stole it.

"I just picked it up and put it down the front of my trousers," he said. "I suppose it was impulsive."

Fyle said Miss Lauren then showed him out. "She said, 'Thanks for coming', and that was it, I left," he said.

Earlier the court heard how Lewisham-born Fyle was convicted for wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm after he slashed a man in the face and chest in an

alleyway during a homosexual experience.

A post-mortem found Miss Lauren's killer had used both hands to choke her to death.

Fyle, of Rushey Mead, Lewisham, denies murder.

The trial continues.

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