The trial of the cis man Leon Fyle, accused of the murder of Destiny Lauren, began this week at Snaresbrook Crown Court. Mr Fyle is alleged to have murdered Ms Lauren in her own home in north London, in the early hours of 5th November 2010, exactly two weeks before the Transgender Day of Remembrance.
Prosecutor Duncan Penny said: “The Crown’s case is that it was this defendant, Leon Fyle, who telephoned Destiny Lauren on the evening of November 4 2009; that it was he who travelled across London to visit her; that it was he who went to her premises for the purposes of a sexual encounter; [and] that it was he who killed her there by compressing her neck, most probably strangulation.” [Via Camden New Journal]
The prosecution said that, on leaving Ms Lauren’s flat after murdering her, Mr Fyle – apparently carrying Ms Lauren’s mobile phone (which was later found in his kitchen) as well as a watch and a ring which didn’t belong to him – took a bus to King’s Cross where he had sex with two other sex workers.
In his opening argument to the jury, Mr Penny said Mr Fyle’s phone records and CCTV proved he was Ms Lauren’s last customer. Images from a 214 bus, he added, showed the defendant’s movements.
In the filmed interview, recorded at the time of her death, [Lyndon Samuels, Ms Lauren's older brother] said: “I saw Destiny lying on the bed. She was naked. She had something on her arm. I phoned my brother and I phoned the ambulance.”
“I wish I ran outside to see who done it but the man on the [phone] was saying lie her on the floor, see if she’s still breathing.”
Mr Samuels had been waiting in the street outside while Ms Lauren worked, Mr Penny said, and described the man he saw entering her flat as having a “bad looking face”. [Via Camden New Journal]
Lyndon Samuels told jurors yesterday how he found Miss Lauren trussed up and only wearing a cardigan.
“You said that she had something on her wrist or she was holding something on her wrist or her arm,” said Fyle’s barrister Sally O’Neill QC.
“It was like a stocking or something,” said Lyndon [...]
Miss O’Neill read out statements from police constables Wayne Clarke and Shane McMahon who attended the scene in the early hours of November 5 last year.
The barrister said Lyndon told Pc Clarke: “She wanted some space, she told me to leave her alone for half-an-hour, so I went to the off-licence at the bottom of the street and bought some lager.”
“I drank some in the gardens before coming back and finding her.”
But Lyndon denied he told Pc Clarke that Miss Lauren had “wanted space” and said he left her Leighton Crescent flat to allow her to entertain her client.
“She didn’t want space, the man was coming up there to see her,” Lyndon told the court. [Via Belfast Telegraph]
The trial continues.
Previous related posts:
- Destiny Lauren murder case: update, 22 February (February 22, 2010)
- “We want justice for Destiny Lauren” (December 11, 2009)
- London woman’s murder: cis man arrested (November 13, 2009)
- London woman strangled; cis man arrested and bailed (November 10, 2009)