December 13 2013 Latest news:
Friday, October 18, 2013
A killer who stabbed to death a transsexual woman in north London was jailed for a minimum of 18 years today.
Passing sentence, Judge Charles Wide QC said he could not be sure but suggested Romy Maynard, 28, killed Chrissie Azzopardi after having “some sort of sexual contact” before learning she used to be a man.
The Old Bailey heard how he pinned 22-year-old down on her bed to inflict the fatal blows, then covered her face with a pillow before fleeing the scene, leaving her decomposing body undiscovered for more than a month.
Red-haired Miss Azzopardi, who was born male in 1989, had applied to change her gender just two months before she was fatally stabbed, the Old Bailey heard.
“What your motivation was, only you know”, said Judge Wide.
“She can’t tell us because you killed her and you won’t tell her.
“Anyone reading about this is forgiven for thinking it must have something to do with her transgender nature.
“You made it patently clear in the witness box you think of yourself as a lady’s man, perfectly free to have other relationships other than the one you had.
“Maybe you had some sort of sexual contact with Chrissie and then discovered the truth of her nature and that caused you to attack her.
“Many people reading about this may think that’s what happened, but I can”t be sure that’s what happened.”
Maynard, who had denied murder, showed no emotion as he was led away to the cells, but waved to family in the public gallery. Maynard lived in the same street - Wray Crescent, Finsbury Park - as Miss Azzopardi and had agreed to sell her cannabis two days before he stabbed her.