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Case Ref : 20091105, Lauren, Destiny

Official Narrative

A man has been jailed for a minimum of 21 years after being found guilty for a second time of murdering a woman in her home in north London.

Leon Fyle, 23, was originally jailed last year for strangling transexual prostitute Destiny Lauren, 29, in Leighton Crescent, Kentish Town.

But the conviction was quashed by the Court of Appeal and a retrial was held.

Fyle, who was originally from Catford, south London, has now been given a life sentence at Southwark Crown Court.

He was told his 21-year tariff would be backdated to the date of his initial conviction in September 2010.

Ms Lauren, who was born Justin Samuels, died in hospital on 5 November 2009, shortly after she was found in her home.

Email received

I am investigating the case of Destiny Lauren and was wondering if you could help me.

Destiny Lauren was a Transsexual sex worker was murdered by Leon Fyle in London in November 2009.

I believe Fyle who was convicted of her Murder is innocent of the crime and it suited the CPS and Metropolitan Police to charge and eventually have Fyle convicted of the crime.

The case had two trials and Fyle was convicted twice on majority verdicts. 3 months after the second trial the case was reviewed by the High Court to review the sentencing starting points for tariffs of killers convicted of transphobic murders.

The high Court pointed to this case when reviewing the tariffs. I have applied for a court transcript but my applications have twice been denied by London CPS with no reasons stated.

To keep this email to a minimum I would like to know if you are aware of the case and whether you could give me any ideas on how I could obtain the transcript?


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