Man kills transgender prostitute because she scratched him with her long fingernailsBy Mason White 10:18 AM September 7, 2015
By: Wayne Morin
A man was arrested on a charge of murder after killing a transgender prostitute because she scratched him with her long fingernails, police in Austria said.
Now, the 32-year-old man of Ottakring, who was not identified, has been sentenced to serve life in prison after being convicted of murder.
According to the police investigation, 34-year-old Hande O, a transgender woman, had been secretly working as a prostitute in the city.
She was killed by strangulation in her home.
The defendant claimed that he and O were fighting after having sex, and when she scratched his face with her long fingernails, he choked her.
He said that he had never intended to kill her and thought that she was just unconscious. The defendant had sex with O at least three times.
Investigators believe that the defendant tied O’s hands behind her back and strangled her with her own clothes. 3,000 euros ($3,349) was missing from her apartment, along with two cellphones.
The defendant was caught after DNA left behind at two robberies matched the DNA at the murder scene.