By Chris Summers BBC News
Kellie Telesford, Destiny Lauren and Robyn Browne were all murdered
A man has been convicted of murdering a transsexual prostitute in north London. Destiny Lauren was one of a number of transgender people to suffer violence, and there are concerns such attacks are on the increase.
Because he always denied murder, it is impossible to know what motivated Leon Fyle to kill Destiny Lauren, a pre-operative transsexual born Justin Samuels.
In the witness box he claimed she performed a sex act on him, but he said she was alive and well when he left her flat.
But after strangling her and stealing her mobile phone, some cash and a ring in November 2009, Fyle got on a bus and went to a brothel in King’s Cross, where he paid £250 to have sex with two women.
Murders are obviously at the extreme end of the spectrum and remain very rare.
But while figures for transphobic attacks are not collated nationally, Bernard Reed of the Gender Identity Research and Education Society (Gires) said they were on the increase.
He said this was partly because of the rising number of people living openly as transsexuals.
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