|Body in The bathroom
|The Old Bailey
|Mark Dennis QC
|Mark heywood QC
Monday 12th March 2018, Jesse McDonald, from Hounslow, messaged Ms Naomi Hersi behind his girlfriend’s back after seeing her profile on the dating app fabswingers.com.
They had a seven-minute phone conversation where he admitted to looking for a sexual encounter with her. This led to him driving to her address in Mill Hill, North London, where they spent three days together taking drugs and having sex.
McDonald’s girlfriend, Natalia Darkowska, aged-18, had attempted to call and message him, which he continued to ignore.
Thursday 15th march 2018, McDonald and Ms Hersi arrived at McDonald’s hotel address in Hounslow at 8.40pm CCTV showed, this was the last time Ms Hersi was seen alive.
Friday 16th March 2018, at 1am, McDonald texted girlfriend, Darkowska, saying he had ‘been 'an idiot’ and that he had ‘not cheated’ but had ‘got addicted to a nasty drug’ that he claimed he’d never had before.
He continued to message her saying: ‘got a big drug dealer … lying across my floor right now … won’t wake up’.
Saturday,17th March 2018,, Darkowska arrived at McDonald’s hotel, where Ms Hersi’s badly wounded body was found in the en-suite bathroom.
Darkowska helped clean up the room and the pair set off to another hotel in Teddington.
Att some point in the previous days McDonald drugged his victim, then stabbed her multiple times, he claimed he himself had been drugged with GHB.
Sunday 18th March 2018, 36-year-old, transgender woman, Naomi Hersi was discovered on the bathroom floor in a room at the Heathrow Palace Hotel, Cranford, near Heathrow airport Police tracked down the pair to Teddingtonby using phone signal and arrested them.
25th September 2018, In court at The old Bailey, McDonald claimed he inflicted the fatal stab wounds in self-defence but the prosecution was able to prove to the jury that this was not the case, and McDonald had willingly spent days with the victim – even going shopping to Sainsbury’s and Tesco stores together.
Tuesday 30th October 2018, McDonald found guilty of murder, he was also found guilty of perverting the course of justice. Natalia Darkowska, was also convicted of perverting the course of justice in the same trial.
1st November 2018, at The old Bailey in London McDonald was jailed for life with a minimum term of 20-years behind bars, he will be considfered for parole in 2038.