Sussex man convicted of murdering transgender woman he met online
Jesse McDonald, 25, was convicted on Friday at the Old Bailey of the murder of Naomi Hersi, 36, a transgender woman from north London, who was found with multiple stab wounds at the Heathrow Palace hotel in Cranford , Sunday, March 18.
McDonald’s was also found guilty of hijacking the course of justice, following a trial at Old Bailey, which ended on Friday, the CPS said.
The 25-year-old grew up in Haywards Heath, according to the BBC, and was born in Brighton.
The CPS said that on Monday, March 12, McDonald’s, of Haslemere Avenue, Hounslow, texted Ms Hersi behind his girlfriend’s back after seeing her profile on fabswingers.com. They had a seven-minute phone conversation in which he admitted to seeking sex with her. This led him to visit his address in Mill Hill, where they spent three days together drugging and having sex in the early hours of Tuesday, March 13, according to the CPS.
Meanwhile, McDonald’s girlfriend Natalia Darkowska, 18, from Poland, who was also found guilty of hijacking the course of justice in the same trial, tried to call and send him a message, which he ignored, Metropolitan Police said.
Later that afternoon, McDonald’s responded by saying, “I’m sorry, everything is fine. I’ll call you later and explain x “to you before going shopping with Mrs. Hersi.
McDonald and Ms Hersi arrived at McDonald’s in Hounslow at 8:40 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, which was the last time Ms Hersi was seen alive, Met police said.
On Friday March 16, at 1 a.m., McDonald texted his girlfriend, Darkowska, saying he had “been a […] idiot “and that he had” not cheated “but had” become addicted to a bad drug “that he claimed to have never had before.
He continued to text her, saying, “I have a big drug dealer… lying on my floor right now… won’t wake up,” Met police said.
Claiming that he had not slept for three to four days and that he had occasionally had a knife under Ms Hersi’s throat, McDonald confessed to taking methamphetamine and crystal meth, and gave the impression that he was in danger, Met police said. . He also claimed that he had received GHB drugs.
On Saturday, March 17, Darkowska arrived at the McDonald’s address, where Ms Hersi’s seriously injured body was found in the en-suite bathroom, according to Met police.
Darkowska helped clean the room and the couple went to another hotel in Teddington, where they were found by phone signal and arrested the next day.
While the two suspects were cleaning up, McDonald called his mother and told her he went to meet someone who didn’t turn out to be the one he expected to meet. He said he did not remember everything that had happened, but was shackled for days, drugged with GHB and repeatedly raped, Met police said.
He told her that he escaped them by leaving with one of the group members who claimed to be very feminine but was actually very violent and would never leave their room. He also described confronting Ms Hersi and claiming that she grabbed him firmly by the throat before glancing at a pillow, Met police said. Thinking she was going to suffocate him with the pillow, he said he hit her on the head with a bottle cutting her off.
He claimed he “fought for his life” for six hours during which he picked up a knife and repeatedly stabbed Ms. Hersi, killing her. After the conversation, her mother called the police, Met police said.
Detective Inspector Tom Dahri, Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “From day one of this murder, McDonald lied lie after lie and tarnished the victim’s name by calling her the most popular names. vile in front of his family.
McDonald completely made it up that he was being held against Naomi against his will and there was no evidence that he was raped by her. It was just smoke and mirrors to present himself as a victim. He’s a cold, calculated killer who implicated his girlfriend in trying to clean up the mess he made. I’m so glad the jury saw through its web of lies.
“Naomi will be sadly missed by all who knew her, but especially her family. The investigation team would like to thank our partners in LGBT communities for their support and guidance during this investigation.
“Finally, the last few months have been extremely difficult for Naomi’s family who must have heard very painful details about the murder. The loss of a loving child has had a devastating impact on the parents and siblings of the victim, who still struggle to come to terms with their loss. I hope today’s conviction will give them some comfort.
Angela Moriarty, CPS, said: “This meeting between two strangers who had consumed a quantity of drugs, led to the tragic death of Naomi Hersi.
“McDonald claimed he had inflicted the fatal stab wounds in self-defense, but the prosecution was able to prove to the jury that this was not the case, and McDonald had willingly spent days with the victim – even going to do shopping at Sainsbury’s and Tesco stores together.
The accused also confessed to the murder over the phone with the owner of the Heathrow Palace hotel, telling him that he would give him his trademark Porsche watch if he cleaned the bloody room.
“Darkowska was also an accomplice in the attempted cover-up of this murder and supported McDonald by going out and buying cleaning supplies, including rubber gloves, and returning with these to attempt to remove items and clean the room. .
“I hope this conviction will bring some comfort to Ms. Hersi’s family and friends.”
McDonald’s is due to be sentenced to Old Bailey this Thursday, November 1, Met police said. Darkowska is to be sentenced the next day.