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