Trans killer, 26, is jailed for life for murdering stranger as he walked home from a night out

Monday, February 26, 2024 – A transgender woman has been jailed for a minimum term of 24 years after murdering a man she deliberately targeted.

Scarlet Blake, 26, who is transgender, singled out BMW worker Jorge Martin Carreno, 30, as he walked home from a night out in Oxford in July 2021, before brutally attacking him.

She led him to a secluded riverbank, where he was hit on the back of the head with a vodka bottle, strangled, and then pushed into the River Cherwell where he drowned.

Sentencing Scarlet Blake for life with a minimum term of 24 years, Mr Justice Chamberlain said the defendant had intended to kill Jorge Martin Carreno although he could not be sure of the exact method used.

'It is not possible to say exactly how, whether you hit him on the back of his head with a vodka bottle or something else you had in your backpack, then strangled him by applying pressure to the blood vessels just beneath his jaw using your hands or ligature, then putting in the river where he drowned,' the judge said.

'You may have held him down in the water while strangling him. Either way, you intended to kill him, and you did.

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