CAGED: Body­builder who bat­tered sex-swap hooker lover to death

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A JEAL­OUS body­builder who stran­gled and bat­tered his trans­gen­der es­cort wife to death af­ter walk­ing in on her hav­ing sex with a client has been jailed for 14-anda-half years.

Joaquin Gomez-Her­nan­dez, 24, burst into tears af­ter see­ing 33-year-old Vanessa San­til­lan with the male stranger in their mar­i­tal bed.

He told his part­ner: “It’s like you don’t take me se­ri­ously,” be­fore storm­ing out of the flat – only to re­turn to bru­tally beat her about the head.

Gomez-Her­nan­dez then used Ms San­til­lan’s cash to splash out £400 on two pros­ti­tutes at a nearby brothel.

He later pre­tended to dis­cover the half-naked body of his wife on the floor of the lounge and called an am­bu­lance.

The killer told po­lice he left his wife in bed at the flat in Ful­ham, west Lon­don, and sug­gested she’d been mur­dered by a client, but ju­rors at the Old Bai­ley unan­i­mously con­victed him of mur­der.

The court had heard Gomez-Her­nan­dez had met and mar­ried his wife in his na­tive Mex­ico.

Ms San­til­lan was de­scribed as a post-op trans­gen­der who worked as a fe­male es­cort.

On the evening of March 27 this year the cou­ple went out with a gay man dressed as a woman and two trans­gen­der fe­males. They re­turned to Ms San­til­lan’s flat at in the early hours to con­tinue drink­ing.

At around 5am the vic­tim was con­tacted by a male client via the back­page.com web­site.

He ar­rived at around 6am and went to the bed­room with her while her friends and hus­band re­mained in the lounge.

The jury was told: “While en­gaged in sex­ual ac­tiv­ity the de­fen­dant came into the room and was glar­ing at them.

“The de­ceased said or looked as if to say ‘Not now’. Gomez-Her­nan­dez then left the room but ap­peared to be­come ‘more se­ri­ous’.

He left the flat at around 7am to con­tinue drink­ing with friends.

The pros­e­cu­tion said that Ms San­til­lan was mur­dered some time be­fore 2.52pm on March 28 when Gomez-Her­nan­dez was caught on CCTV walk­ing away from the flat. He vis­ited a brothel at 4.45pm and had sex with two es­corts.

Ms San­til­lan was later found ly­ing half-naked on the floor in the lounge next to a used con­dom.

Gomez-Her­nan­dez de­nied mur­der.

had VIC­TIM: Post-op es­cort San­til­lan

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