Teen girl who helped her boyfriend get drugs and drugged after murder of transgender woman avoids jail
A ‘obsessed’ teenage girl who helped her boyfriend clean up after murdering a transgender woman in a sex and drug frenzy has avoided jail.
Natalia Darkowska, 18, was convicted of obstructing the course of justice after Jesse McDonald, 25, dropped out of college, killed Naomi Hersi in March.
Their lawsuit at Old Bailey learned how former Class A student and tennis ace McDonald contacted 36-year-old Ms Hersi through dating site Fabswingers.com.
After days together, McDonald drugged and stabbed the hotel worker to death with a knife and a broken bottle at a hotel near Heathrow Airport where he lived.
The intelligent and articulate accused then woven a web of lies to his mother and called on his girlfriend to help him.
On Friday March 16, McDonald had texted his girlfriend saying he had been an “idiot” and had “not cheated” but had “become addicted to a bad drug” that he claimed to have never had before.
He continued to text Darkowska, saying he had “a big drug dealer lying on my floor right now” who “won’t wake up”.
Claiming that he had not slept for three or four days and had a knife under Ms Hersi’s throat, McDonald gave the impression he was in danger.
Once there, Darkowska began cleaning up the blood as Ms. Hersi’s body lay in the bathroom.
The defendants left about eight hours later and took a cab to a Teddington hotel, with McDonald’s fearing the police were approaching.
Police found the victim lying half-naked, partly covered with a rug on the small bathroom floor, and then located the defendants.
In a previous hearing, McDonald was jailed for life with a minimum sentence of 20 years for murder and perversion of the course of justice.
As a mitigation for Darkowska, Jemma Levinson said she had been a “model student” who was “studious and respectful” and had been “misled and lied to” by McDonald’s.
The court heard that the offense was “totally irrelevant” and that she was “spellbound” by McDonald’s.
The attorney said: “She still believes in the account given to her by Mr. McDonald. This is clearly the case that whatever Ms. Darkowska did, she believed and understood that she was helping someone she was. she loved but believed to be the victim of the most serious crimes. “
She added that she believed McDonald’s had gone through a “terrible ordeal” and was an “innocent man”.
Ms Levinson said Darkowska had been “charmed” by her boyfriend, who had been taken in by his family as a “trusted member”.
Following the trial, she had a “breakdown”, we learned in court.
Darkowska, from Trowbridge in Wiltshire, received a two-year suspended prison sentence in what has been described as exceptional circumstances.
She was also ordered to do 150 hours of unpaid work.
Judge Mark Dennis QC said McDonald was a “dominant” character and Darkowska had become “bewitched by him”.
The judge said McDonald was “deeply flawed” and capable of misleading.
Although she left to provide emotional support, the judge rejected the suggestion that she had never seen the body.
He told her, “One of your references refers to a once in a lifetime mistake. Make sure that is the case.”