Defendant says it was “completely dumb” to get involved with transgender woman
A college dropout charged with murdering a transgender woman after a three-day sex and drug frenzy told jurors he was a “complete idiot” to get involved with her.
esse McDonald, 25, is accused of drugging Naomi Hersi, 36, before stabbing her to death with a knife and a broken bottle in the hotel room where he was staying near Heathrow Airport.
The Old Bailey heard that McDonald’s “bright and articulate” met his victim when he went “looking for some excitement” online and found his profile on a website called Fabswingers.com.
After the murder, he obtained bags and cleaning supplies before contacting his girlfriend, Natalia Darkowska, 18, who joined him in the cleaning attempt, a jury said.
Testifying, Brighton-born McDonald told jurors how he went to school in Sussex and joined a tennis academy in Sutton with the ambition of becoming a professional athlete before getting injured.
The outspoken former Class A student played county tennis and later dropped out of the prestigious London School of Economics.
He went on to earn £ 80,000 from Bitcoin mining and became a courier of “1960s hippie drugs” such as “hashish” and “mushrooms,” the court said.
McDonald recounted how he smoked hashish, took occasional cocaine himself and once injected himself with testosterone.
His lawyer Michael Turner QC asked why he went to Fabswingers.com after spending time with his girlfriend in Trowbridge, Wiltshire.
The accused replied, “Because I am a complete idiot.
“I went there because of old habits from the past.
“Clearly, I was looking for something, I wanted to go out.
“I don’t know it’s not uncommon that I’ve done something like this in the past.
“I am disappointed with myself.
Although he had already had an unpleasant sexual experience in the past, he contacted Ms. Hersi.
“Back then I felt open-minded, liberal, whatever you want to call it. I was open to try it again. I feel very different now.
He said he had no idea Ms Hersi was HIV positive but knew she was a transsexual with “male anatomy”.
He added that HIV was a “pet” because his adopted brother’s mother suffered from the virus.
McDonald denies the murder between March 14 and March 18, while he and Darkowska both deny perverting the course of justice between March 15 and March 18.