US marine convicted of drowning transgender Filipino woman in toilet bowl

2 December 2015 / 1 year 1 week ago

US Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton was found guilty by a Philippine court for the murder of transgender woman Jeffrey "Jennifer" Laude, whose body was found in a motel in October last year.

A "tug of war" ensued between US security personnel and the Philippine National Police over the custody of the soldier after found him guilty of homicide, whose body was found in a motel here in October last year.

He was sentenced to between six and 12 years in prison and also ordered to pay more than $97,258 to Laude's family, reports Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Pemberton, an antitank missile operator, was one of thousands of American and Philippine military personnel who participated in a joint exercise last year.

He and a group of other Marines were on leave after the exercise and met Laude and her friends at a bar in Olongapo, a city known for its nightlife located outside Subic Bay, a former US naval base.

CCTV footage shows him and Jennifer checking into a hotel. He allegedly killed in a fit of rage when he found that she was a transgender woman.

After the court handed down its decision, the American security detail protecting Pemberton refused to surrender him. Pemberton's lawyers filed a new motion at asking the court to clarify where he should be detained.

The court subsequently issued a ruling directing Pemberton to temporarily return to his detention facility at the Joint US Military Assistance Group (Jusmag) compound in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

It is understood that BuCor personnel will be guarding him and not US military personnel.

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