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US marine guilty of transgender killing

December 1, 2015 5:38 pm

A court in the Philippines has found a US marine guilty of killing a transgender woman.

Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton was convicted of killing Jennifer Laude in a hotel room in Olongapo city, north-west of Manila, last year.

Pemberton will face between six and 12 years imprisonment.

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The case has strained ties between the US and the Philippines, a former US colony where the Americans have a significant military presence.

The marine was on leave in Olongapo on 11 October 2014, after joint military exercises with the Philippine army, when he met Ms Laude – previously known as Jeffrey – in a bar.

Police said they left together and checked into a hotel, where she was found dead the next day, apparently strangled and with her head inside the hotel toilet.

Pemberton had previously testified in court that he had attacked Ms Laude after he realised she was transgender, but said she was still alive when he left the room.

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