A man accused of killing a trans woman in November last year in Kentish Town, London, has gone on trial.

Leon Fyle, 22, who is unemployed, strangled 29-year-old Destiny Lauren after visiting her for sex, a court heard.

Ms Lauren, who was began her transition at the age of 17, worked as a prostitute from her flat on Leighton Crescent.

Her brother Linden had been staying with her but left the flat when she had a customer, the court was told.

He told the court he had waited outside on the night that she died and that her last customer was a man matching the description of Mr Fyle.

According to the Hampstead and Highgate Express, prosecutor Duncan Penny told the court that Mr Fyle had phoned the victim and arranged to come to her flat before killing her by “compressing her neck”.

Mr Fyle, of Laleham Road, Catford, is pleading not guilty to the murder on November 5th 2009.

The case continues.