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Man jailed over lawyer Tube death

A 35-year-old man who pushed a distinguished cross-dressing lawyer in front of a Tube train has been jailed for life.

Senthooran Kanagasingham was undergoing sex-change treatment when he killed solicitor David Burgess at King's Cross station in London.

Kanagasingham, of Chichele Road, Cricklewood, north London, was found guilty of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, but cleared of murder, at the Old Bailey. Doctors said Kanagasingham was back on medication and no longer required hospital treatment for paranoid schizophrenia.

Judge Stephen Kramer said Kanagasingham would have to serve a minimum of seven years. He told Kanagasingham the solicitor had been "a really good and generous friend to you".

The victim, a leading human rights and immigration lawyer, was a cross-dresser who was known to his friends and family as Sonia.

She had befriended Kanagasingham, then known as Nina, and had taken him to a doctor an hour before the incident in October last year because she was worried about his mental state.

Brian Altman QC, prosecuting, said shocked rush-hour commuters had seen Kanagasingham push Sonia from the back. A note found in Kanagasingham's rucksack said he was "broke, depressed and suffering from gender dysphoria".

Mr Altman said divorced Mr Burgess had built "an enviable and brilliant reputation" as a solicitor in human rights and immigration law.

He said: "However, socially, the deceased lived as a woman and was known by friends and family as Sonia." He said Sonia was "gender-variant". She had not wished to have surgery to become a woman, but to all intents and purposes outside her professional life, lived as a woman. This was "accepted and embraced" by everyone, including her three children.

In a statement to the court, Sonia's daughter Dechem said her father wanted to "push back the boundaries to allow individuals to be who they were as long as it did not hurt anyone".

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