US Marine admits to choking Filipina trans woman to death
A US marine has admitted to choking a Filipina woman to death after discovering she was transgender.
Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton told a Philippine court on Monday (24 August) that he acted ‘in self-defense.’
Jennifer Laude, 26, was found dead last year at a motel in Olongapo City, where Pemberton was stationed.
The lawyer for the victim’s family, Harry Roque, recounted Pemberton’s testimony to the media, who were not allowed in the courtroom.
Pemberton said he met Laude and another transgender woman at a bar on 14 October and brought them back to his motel. He said the other woman, identified only as Barbie, performed oral sex on him and left.
Laude then started to perform oral sex on him when he reached down between her legs and felt a penis, according to the testimony.
Pemberton said he became angry as he felt that he was being raped by a ‘man.’ Pemberton testified that he Had oral sex with Barbie and Jennifer. He enraged when “he felt something that was not supposed to be there’>
He said he pushed Laude off the bed, but she got up and started slapping him in the face. Pemberton also testified he restrained Jennifer through an “arm lock “until she stopped moving. He then dragged her to bathroom and dumped her.”
Last week, Pemberton’s mother testified that her son did not discriminate against LGBTI people as his sister is a lesbian.
Pemberton has been charged with murder and faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted.