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Body of Paul Hill’s transsexual prostitute niece ‘found tied up’

A transsexual prostitute allegedly murdered by a client was found semi-naked with her arms tied behind her back with stockings, a court has heard.

Leon Fyle (22) travelled to London for a sexual encounter with Destiny Lauren (29) while the victim's brother sat outside her flat, it is alleged.

Fyle strangled Miss Lauren, born Justin Samuels, before fleeing her Kentish Town home and heading to Kings Cross where he paid for sex with two women prostitutes, say prosecutors.

Miss Lauren's brother Lyndon Samuels then returned inside to discover his sister lying dead on her bed, Snaresbrook Crown Court was told yesterday.

Miss Lauren was the niece of Guildford Four member Paul Hill, who wrongly served 15 years in jail for two IRA pub bombings.

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, a diagnosed schizophrenic. “It was like behind her, on her arms.’’

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.

The trial has heard Miss Lauren advertised her services in phone boxes and on the internet as a pre-op transsexual.

On November 4, Fyle travelled by rail from Orpington, Kent, to Victoria station before boarding the tube to Kentish Town where CCTV footage captured him putting on gloves, it is said.

Jurors were told Lyndon, who allegedly saw Fyle go in, was regularly banished from the flat while Miss Lauren saw clients.

It is alleged Fyle choked Miss Lauren to death before fleeing with her jewellery on a number 214 bus to a brothel in Gray's Inn Road where he paid £250 for sex.

He was arrested in Laleham Road, Catford, southeast London, on November 12.

Fyle of Rushey Mead, Lewisham, southeast London, denies murder.

The trial continues.

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