Judge upholds 21-year sentence for trans woman’s killer

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A man convicted for the second time of killing a transgender woman has had his original sentence upheld.

Leon Fyle, 23, will serve 21 years for killing 29-year-old Destiny Lauren at her flat in Kentish Town, London, in November 2009.

Fyle, of Catford, was convicted of her murder last September and sentenced to 21 years in prison.

Earlier this year, the Court of Appeal ruled his original conviction was “unsafe”.

A retrial found him guilty and on Friday, Judge Nicholas Lorraine-Smith upheld the 21-year jail sentence.

The Hamstead and Highgate Gazette reports he told Fyle: “I have concluded that the sentence imposed last year was the correct one.

“There has never been a hint of remorse for what you did.”

Ms Lauren began living as a woman at the age of 17 and worked as a prostitute.

Fyle contacted her through a newspaper advert on November 5th 2009 and went to her flat.

He had sex with her before strangling her with her tights. Ms Lauren’s body was found several hours later by her brother.

While in her flat, Fyle also stole £350 in cash, her mobile phone and jewellery before going to Kings Cross to have sex with two more prostitutes.