A renowned human rights lawyer allegedly pushed to his death under a Tube train was living a secret life as a transsexual escort.
David Burgess, 63, who was also known as Sonia, offered his services on a website, where he advertised himself as a ‘pre-op’ transsexual escort looking for paid encounters with men.
Mr Burgess was killed instantly when he was hit by a train at King’s Cross Underground station during rush hour on Monday evening.
A 34-year-old woman, Nina Kanagasingham, has been charged with his murder.
They mean “woman”.
Mr Burgess, who had two adult daughters and a son by his ex-wife, was a senior partner in his firm, with more than 40 years’ experience in immigration law. He had brought human rights cases against North Korea.
His family knew him as both Sonia and David.
Mr Burgess had been dressing in women’s clothing for four years and had set up profiles on two transgender websites as Sonia Jardiniere.
Look, I’ll confess that I’m creeped out, but if I had encountered Sonia Jardiniere, I would have just moved to the other end of the platform. Push him under the train? Now, that’s sick.
Besides, other than working for “human rights”, he sounds harmless:
Under the heading ‘things I like’, he wrote: ‘Fashion, makeup, shopping, romance, Look magazine, romantic films and most guys but let’s not forget girls a guy is for 40mns [though maybe the next one will fall in love with me...] but a wardrobe is for a season.’