The Independent London Newspaper
21st February 2017

Messages from Destiny Lauren murder suspect read to court

    Destiny Lauren

    Explicit texts were sent to sex websites

    Published: 29 July, 2010
    by CHARLOTTE CHAMBERS

    TECHNICIANS pieced together phone records of a man accused of murder from memory cards that had been broken into pieces, a court has heard.

    Leon Fyle, 22, is accused of strangling Destiny Lauren, 29, a pre-operative transsexual prostitute at her home in Leighton Crescent, Kentish Town, last November.

    Prosecutors told a jury at Snaresbrook Crown Court this week that Mr Fyle’s movements had been partly mapped by his use of a mobile phone.

    Text messages he sent to women he met through sex websites in the days before Ms Lauren’s death were read to the court on Tuesday morning and exchanges with his former girlfriend were also shared with the jury.

    Prosecutor Duncan Penny said Mr Fyle was Ms Lauren’s last customer. It is alleged he killed her before fleeing with a collection of her possessions which later turned up at his home in Lewisham, south London.

    After the killing, the prosecution claims Mr Fyle went to a brothel in King’s Cross and spent £250 on sex with two women.

    Mr Penny read a series of sexually explicit text messages that Mr Fyle had sent. In one, he said: “Well, I’m a happy go lucky bloke, calm and laid back, looking to have some fun, willing to try anything once.”

    After the woman he texted replied, he added: “Yes. I’m feeling horny too. I’m turned on by almost anything at all.”

    The phone records also revealed messages between Mr Fyle and his then girlfriend Gemma Hadleigh, the court was told.

    Mr Penny said the messages showed Ms Hadleigh had told Mr Fyle that he was an unreliable partner and had berated him for failing to respond to her.

    He told the court that she had “alerted” him that police appeared to be watching his home.

    One message read: “As I went out there were five men in a black Astra. They knew I clocked them. We all stood outside and made it clear we knew they were there.”

    Messages were retrieved by police technicians from SIM cards – the memory cards used in phones – that had been used by Mr Fyle and Ms Lauren.

    Both cards “were found in two pieces having been apparently snapped and put in the bin in the kitchen”, Mr Penny said.

    Mr Fyle denies murder. The case continues. 

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