A killer who strangled a pre-operative transsexual prostitute and stole £250 from her has been jailed for at least 21 years.
Leon Fyle (22) arranged to visit 29-year-old Destiny Lauren, whose uncle was Paul Hill of the Guildford Four, for a massage after finding her advert in a newspaper.
He was caught on CCTV donning a pair of black gloves before entering her flat in Kentish Town, north-west London.
Miss Lauren was found dead two hours later by her brother Lyndon. Fyle had stolen her designer jewellery, mobile phone and cash — but had forgotten to retrieve his coat hanging from a hook on her bedroom door.
During his trial he claimed she was still alive when he left her flat after paying her £150 for sex.
But a jury at Snaresbrook Crown Court in London yesterday convicted Fyle of murder following a two-week trial last month.
Judge David Radford jailed Fyle for life and ordered he serve at least 21 years before he can apply for parole.
The judge said: “Destiny Lauren earned her living as a male transsexual prostitute.
“You agreed to go to her home, on the face of it to make use of her sexual services. While you were in her flat you stole various items of her personal property.
“What you also did, plainly and far more wickedly, was to brutally end the life of the person you stole from. What is the stark truth is that you murdered Destiny Lauren by forcibly applying pressure around her neck using both your hands in a sufficient time to strangle her dead. It was a vicious and callous act.”
After the murder Fyle caught a bus to Kings Cross where he paid £250 for sex with two prostitutes at a brothel in Gray's Inn Road.
Footage from the bus captured Fyle admiring Miss Lauren's designer jewellery on his arms. Miss Lauren's mobile phone was discovered when Fyle was arrested at an address in Catford, south-east London.
Fyle, who claimed he was bisexual and was “intrigued” by transsexuals, admitted seeing Miss Lauren that night.
He told the court he had been sexually abused as a young boy before flitting between a string of foster homes and sleeping rough.