Leon Fyle convicted of the murder of Destiny Lauren in London, England

This article was last updated on June 18, 2022

A man has yesterday (Monday 9 August) at Snaresbrook Crown Court been convicted of the murder of Destiny Lauren at her home in Kentish Town on 5 November 2009.

Leon Fyle, 21, of Laleham Road, SE6 will be sentenced on 17 September.

Investigating officer, Detective Inspector Liz Baker of the Homicide and Serious Crime Command said: "The murder of Destiny Lauren was brutal and pre-meditated.

"Destiny lived alone in her flat in KentishTown. She had a troubled history and had suffered depression following the death of her mother but was trying to turn her life around.

"Destiny was well known to many people in the Camden area and was regarded as a ‘character’ by those who knew her. She was close to her father and two brothers, who she contacted regularly, and she had a love for the finer things in life and appreciated beautiful things.

"Her life was abruptly ended when she met Leon Fyle, a young man she had never met before, who murdered and robbed her in her own home. She was found dead by her brother.

"Fyle has not shown one shred of remorse for this callous act nor for the suffering he has inflicted on Destiny’s family and friends.

"I hope today’s verdict can go some way to ease their pain."

A murder investigation was launched after police were called at approximately 00:55hrs on 5 November 2009 to reports of a female found collapsed at her address in Leighton Crescent NW5.

Destiny Lauren, 29, was taken by ambulance to the RoyalFreeHospital but was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

A post-mortem examination gave cause of death as manual and forcible compression to the neck [strangulation].

Destiny Lauren was a sex worker who offered services from her flat in Leighton Crescent.

On the night of her murder, Fyle telephoned Destiny, before travelling across London to visit her for a sexual encounter.

Once at the address, Fyle had sex with Destiny, before strangling her and fleeing with items of her jewellery, her mobile phone and £350 cash.

Destiny’s brother discovered her body soon after the attack and raised the alarm.

Following the attack, Fyle made off, taking a bus to Kings Cross where he made his way to a brothel and spent £250 of the stolen money on the services of two further sex workers.

On 7 November 2009 a man [A – 35 ys] was arrested in connection with the investigation. He was later released without further action.

On 12 November 2009 a man [B] was arrested. He was later charged as above.

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