London woman’s murder: cis man arrested

// 13 November 2009

Destiny_Lauren-image-via-BBC_website.jpgAt around 1am on Thursday 5 November, Destiny Lauren was found strangled at her home in Kentish Town, north London. Although she was rushed by ambulance to the Royal Free hospital, she was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

Detectives from the Homicide and Serious Crime Command (HSCC) arrested and bailed (pending further enquiries) a cis man in connection with Ms Lauren’s murder. (Via the Hampstead and Highgate Express [also the Press Association and Pink News])

Today I note the following update on the BBC News website (link here):

Police investigating the murder of a 29-year-old woman in north-west London have made an arrest.

A man in his 20s is being held in connection with Destiny Lauren’s murder on 5 November.


Police previously arrested a 35-year-old man connection with the investigation, who has been bailed to return in December pending further inquiries.

Time alone will tell if both cis men are responsible for Destiny Lauren’s death. All I know is that the name of yet another of my sisters has been added to the roll call for next week’s Transgender Day of Remembrance.


Sunday, 15 November: Reports from the Press Association (link here) and BBC News (link here) confirm that Leon Fyle, a 21-year old unemployed man, has been charged with the murder of Destiny Lauren, and will appear at the City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court tomorrow (Monday, 16 November)


Monday, 16 November: From the Press Association (link here):

Unemployed Leon Fyle, 21, of Laleham Road, Catford, south-east London, was charged at City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court with murdering Destiny Lauren.

A court official said he was remanded in custody to reappear at the Old Bailey on February 22 next year.

And from Pink News (link here):

A 35-year-old man who was arrested in connection with her murder has been bailed until next month.


Compiled from posts at Bird of Paradox (links here and here)

Image via BBC News

Comments From You

Elmo // Posted 13 November 2009 at 9:33 pm

This is awful, im so sorry.

I just wanted to ask, i keep hearing the word “cis”-what does it mean?

Jessie // Posted 13 November 2009 at 9:41 pm

I agree this is terrible.

(Kind of) in reply to Elmo’s post, would it be possible to have a link on words like ‘cis’ and ‘kykirachry’ that gives an explanation of what they mean?

Sometimes I can get a bit lost!

Helen G // Posted 13 November 2009 at 9:43 pm

Elmo: Thanks for commenting.

The short answer to your question is that cis means not trans. There’s a more in-depth definition over at T-Vox – link here – which I hope you’ll find helpful.

Helen G // Posted 13 November 2009 at 9:48 pm

Jessie: See my reply to Elmo for a link to the T-Vox definition of cis. And there’s a useful discussion of kyriarchy at My Ecdysis blog – link here.

Elmo // Posted 13 November 2009 at 9:59 pm

thanks very much :)

earwicga // Posted 16 November 2009 at 12:09 pm

Very sad news indeed.

Lucy // Posted 16 November 2009 at 5:58 pm

Since I didn’t read the news links in the order in which they appeared in the post, I was at first only perturbed that the Press Association seems fixated on labeling the victim a prostitute. Then I got to the Ham & High which treads the far more familiar path. Thank you, local press, for not sensationalising this tragedy! Grr.

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