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Destiny Lauren murder trial: update, 30 July 2010

July 30, 2010

Camden New Journal carries an update on the trial of the cis man Leon Fyle, accused of the murder of Destiny Lauren. I’ll just record the relevant parts of the report for now; they speak for themselves and I don’t think I can add anything meaningful at this time.

TECHNICIANS pieced together phone records of a man accused of murder from memory cards that had been broken into pieces, a court has heard.

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Prosecutors told a jury at Snaresbrook Crown Court this week that Mr Fyle’s movements had been partly mapped by his use of a mobile phone.

Text messages he sent to women he met through sex websites in the days before Ms Lauren’s death were read to the court on Tuesday morning and exchanges with his former girlfriend were also shared with the jury.

Prosecutor Duncan Penny said Mr Fyle was Ms Lauren’s last customer. It is alleged he killed her before fleeing with a collection of her possessions which later turned up at his home in Lewisham, south London.

After the killing, the prosecution claims Mr Fyle went to a brothel in King’s Cross and spent £250 on sex with two women.

Mr Penny read a series of sexually explicit text messages that Mr Fyle had sent. In one, he said: “Well, I’m a happy go lucky bloke, calm and laid back, looking to have some fun, willing to try anything once.”

After the woman he texted replied, he added: “Yes. I’m feeling horny too. I’m turned on by almost anything at all.”

The phone records also revealed messages between Mr Fyle and his then girlfriend Gemma Hadleigh, the court was told.

Mr Penny said the messages showed Ms Hadleigh had told Mr Fyle that he was an unreliable partner and had berated him for failing to respond to her.

He told the court that she had “alerted” him that police appeared to be watching his home.

One message read: “As I went out there were five men in a black Astra. They knew I clocked them. We all stood outside and made it clear we knew they were there.”

Messages were retrieved by police technicians from SIM cards – the memory cards used in phones – that had been used by Mr Fyle and Ms Lauren.

Both cards “were found in two pieces having been apparently snapped and put in the bin in the kitchen”, Mr Penny said.

Mr Fyle denies murder. The case continues.

RIP Destiny Lauren.

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Destiny Lauren murder trial: update, 25 July 2010

July 25, 2010

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.

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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.

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Destiny Lauren murder case: update, 22 February

February 22, 2010

Via UKPA, Camden New Journal and the Hampstead & Highgate Express (Warning: all three linked posts contain unnecessary and offensive misgendering), I learn that:

A man has appeared at the Old Bailey charged with murdering a sex worker in north London.

Leon Fyle, 21, from Laleham Road, Catford, south-east London, pleaded not guilty to murdering […] Destiny Lauren.

[Ms Lauren] was found strangled at a flat in Leighton Crescent, Kentish town, north London, in the early hours of November 5 last year.

Fyle appeared in court via videolink and was remanded in custody for trial in July.

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“We want justice for Destiny Lauren”

December 11, 2009

First brief update today; simply to record the fact rather than make any comment on it.

Following the news last month about Destiny Lauren, the young woman apparently murdered in her own home in London by at least one cis man, the Islington Gazette yesterday reported on an interview with her brother Julian:

Younger brother Julian Samuels, a 26-year-old actor, is determined to see her killer behind bars. He said: “Our fight will never end until something is done. She loved her life and she wasn’t expecting it to end in this way. We want justice for her and we want someone to be sent to prison for life.”

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Julian said: “She was very effeminate from a young age and so [her transition] didn’t come as a shock. We agreed with it and were happy with it.”

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Julian said: “At first we didn’t agree with [her work], but we are family and we came to terms with it. There are so many people in London doing this type of work.”

“Ultimately she wanted to make as much money as she could, leave the trade, find a man, and settle down. She didn’t like doing what she did. She only did it for the money.”

Destiny’s body was found by older brother Lyndon Samuels, 35, who had been staying with her at Leighton Crescent. It was not the first time the slight 5ft 5ins woman had been attacked – six months ago, a man grabbed her around the neck and took her jewellery as she walked down Holloway Road.

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Paying tribute to his sister, Julian added: “She was liked by everyone who met her. She was really easygoing but if she wanted to do something, she would do it. And she loved travelling – we were planning to go on holiday together next year.”

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London woman’s murder: cis man arrested

November 13, 2009

Destiny_Lauren-image-via-BBC_websiteFurther to my recent post (link here) about the violent death of Destiny Lauren in London on 5 November, I note the following update on the BBC News website (link here):

Police investigating the murder of a 29-year-old woman in north-west London have made an arrest.

A man in his 20s is being held in connection with Destiny Lauren’s murder on 5 November.

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Police previously arrested a 35-year-old man connection with the investigation, who has been bailed to return in December pending further inquiries.

Time alone will tell if both cis men are responsible for Destiny’s death. All I know is that the name of yet another of my sisters has been added to the roll call for next week’s Transgender Day of Remembrance.

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Sunday, 15 November: Reports from the Press Association (link here) and BBC News (link here) confirm that Leon Fyle, a 21-year old unemployed man, has been charged with the murder of Destiny Lauren, and will appear at the City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court tomorrow (Monday, 16 November)

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Monday, 16 November: From the Press Association (link here):

Unemployed Leon Fyle, 21, of Laleham Road, Catford, south-east London, was charged at City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court with murdering Destiny Lauren.

A court official said he was remanded in custody to reappear at the Old Bailey on February 22 next year.

And from Pink News (link here):

A 35-year-old man who was arrested in connection with her murder has been bailed until next month.

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A compilation of both posts was published at The F-Word (link here) on 13 November.

London woman strangled; cis man arrested and bailed

November 10, 2009

At around 1am last Thursday – exactly two weeks before this year’s Transgender Day of Remembrance – Destiny Lauren was found strangled at her home in Kentish Town, north London. Although she was rushed by ambulance to the Royal Free hospital, she was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

Detectives from the Homicide and Serious Crime Command (HSCC) arrested and bailed (pending further enquiries) a cis man in connection with Ms Lauren’s murder.

Via the Hampstead and Highgate Express (also the Press Association and Pink News)

My first thought on reading the Press Association piece was positive: at last, a press report about a trans woman which doesn’t mention that she was trans. But in a society where we are still, for the most part, positioned as Other, as outsiders, deceivers and generally disposable, I begin to wonder if this omission really is a Good Thing™, or whether it merely adds to our erasure as human beings.