Andrea Waddell: murder trial verdict (4 June 2010)

June 4, 2010

Andrea Waddell (Image from The Argus, courtesy of Lee's Images)Breaking now; more to follow later: Neil McMillan has been found guilty of murdering Andrea Waddell and jailed for at least 22 years.

Via BBC News, Press Association and others:

A man has been found guilty of murdering a woman he visited for sex and setting fire to her Brighton flat.

Neil McMillan, 42, applied “unremitting pressure” to Andrea Waddell’s neck at her flat in Upper Lewes Road on 15 October last year.


Addressing McMillan, of Bennett Road, Brighton, after the verdict, Judge Michael Lawson QC said : “What you did that night brought to an end a life which in many views was one of relentless difficulty faced with extreme courage.”

“The person you killed was a person who always sought to overcome difficulties.”

“On the other hand, faced with a difficulty in that flat, whatever that was, you chose to take it out on her.

“You strangled her, with relentless pressure for over 20 seconds. There was the distinction between you and her.”

And he added: “Once you lost control, for whatever reason and which cannot be regarded as justified, you formed the intention to destroy her, to kill her.”

“It wasn’t an accident and you continued to hold her round her neck, crushing the neck structures until she was dead.”

“Having done that you then dragged her back into the bedroom and set fire to her and set fire to the bed on which together you had laid.”

“The reason was that you were frightened that there would be some trace of your presence in that flat to prove that in fact you were the last person to have seen her.”



Cross-posted at Questioning Transphobia and The F-Word


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4 Responses to “Andrea Waddell: murder trial verdict (4 June 2010)”

  1. electrocarrie Says:

    I’m extremely happy that her murderer will be held accountable for a horrific crime. Here is a woman, murdered. The facts are simple. A woman has been murdered. Why then, does the BBC insist on dragging out her trans history as if it it remotely relevant to the simple (and utterly horrific) fact that a woman has been murdered? “Ms Waddell, who was born a man but had undergone gender reassignment surgery, had been working as a prostitute. ” – BBC Website

    A detail provided only to sensationalise – and IMO significantly disrespectful to Andrea.

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  3. kinelfire Says:

    I’m relieved to see that the judge seems to have correctly gendered her and even acknowledged the transphobia and transmisogyny that she almost certainly lived with.

    And now, my thoughts are with Ms. Waddell’s family, and my sisters who are also trans.


  4. Paris Lees Says:

    I’m so pleased that this is one trans persons murder that doesn’t go unpunished. Still had to cry when I saw the video of her family though. What’s also quite upsetting is that the murderer seemed more interested in denying sleeping with a trans woman than denying the murder. Swine.

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