‘KILLER’S 4 DAY SEX BINGE WITH TRANS VIC­TIM’ Court told he then got girl­friend to help clean up

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A UNIVER­SITY dropout mur­dered a trans­gen­der woman af­ter a four-day sex and drugs binge be­fore re­cruit­ing his teenage girl­friend to help clean up the crime, a court heard.

Jesse McDon­ald, 25, stands ac­cused of drug­ging Naomi Hersi, 36, be­fore stab­bing her to death with a knife and a bro­ken bot­tle in a ho­tel near Heathrow Air­port.

The Old Bai­ley heard that “bright and ar­tic­u­late” McDon­ald had met his vic­tim while “look­ing for ex­cite­ment” on­line and found her pro­file on a site called Fab­swingers.com.

Af­ter the killing, he got bags and clean­ing prod­ucts be­fore con­tact­ing girl­friend, Natalia Darkowska, 18, who joined him in the at­tempted clean-up, the jury was told. AC­CUSED: Darkowska helped clean up af­ter killing of Hersi ( it’s al­leged mur­der between March 14 and 18, while he and Darkowska both deny per­vert­ing the course of jus­tice.

Mr Hey­wood said McDon­ald will claim self-de­fence, say­ing: “You will not have to de­cide whether there was a killing or who did it. Jesse McDon­ald ac­cepts he in­flicted all of the many in­juries caus­ing the ter­ri­ble, vi­o­lent death she suf­fered.”

The court heard Ms Hersi, whose le­gal name was Hersi Mo­hamed Hersi, was an openly trans­gen­der woman, although to her fam­ily, who are orig­i­nally from So­ma­lia, she re­mained a much-loved son.

McDon­ald did well in school but dealt drugs af­ter drop­ping out of the Lon­don School of Eco­nom­ics (LSE), it was said.

He met Ms Hersi, of Mill Hill, north-west Lon­don, on­line be­fore spend­ing four days with her, ju­rors were told.

Mr Hey­wood said that McDon­ald was “look­ing for some­thing edgy, a lit­tle bit risky.” he added.

The trial con­tin­ues.

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