Cricklewood transsexual accused of pushing fellow cross-dresser to her death

PUBLISHED: 08:00 13 December 2011

Sonia Burgess died last October after falling in front of a train

Sonia Burgess died last October after falling in front of a train


Court heard CCTV footage captures 63-year-old fall in front of Tube train

A cross-dressing killer pushed a fellow transsexual to her death under the wheels of a Tube train in front of horrified commuters, a court heard.

The Old Bailey heard Senthooran Kanagasingham, 35, of Chichele Road, Cricklewood, is accused of murdering renowned human rights solicitor Sonia Burgess on October 25 last year.

The 63-year-old, who was born and worked as a man named David, died instantly after being hit by a train at King’s Cross Tube station.

Sri Lanka-born Kanagasingham, also known as Nina, had been in the process taking hormone therapy to change his gender but was visiting his doctor to ask for anti-depressants when the killing occurred.

Ms Burgess, a divorced father-of-three, had not tried to physically change her gender.

Brian Altman QC, prosecuting, said that Kanagasingham’s actions were ‘entirely deliberate and executed with the intention of killing Sonia Burgess’.

Kanagasingham, who moved to the UK in 2000, took to visiting Ms Burgess’s flat weekly, the court heard.

Over time, Ms Burgess told friends and family that he thought Kanagasingham was becoming ‘psychotic’.

On the day of her death, the lawyer had agreed to take Kanagasingham to a GP appointment near his Cricklewood home.

Mr Altman said: “During the appointment, Sonia asked if she could speak.

“She indicated she was concerned about Nina’s levels of stress and anxiety.

“It is significant that, according to the doctor, the defendant clearly disapproved of Sonia’s opinion of him.

“The doctor told the defendant that Sonia had only said these things because she was concerned about him, and cared.”

At around 6.35pm on the return journey, the pair was shown on CCTV waiting when Kanagasingham shoved his victim into the path of an oncoming train.

Kanagasingham denies murder but admits manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

The trial continues.

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