Trans woman stabbed to death, left to decompose for a month in London

A 22-year-old&# 39;s body was only discovered after neighbors wondered about a
bad smell coming from her flat

08 October 2013 | By Joe Morgan

A trans woman was stabbed and left for dead for more than a month before
her body was discovered, a court has heard.

Romy Maynard, 28, is accused of killing 22-year-old Chrissie Azzopardi at
her home in north London in April last year <
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On 4 June, neighbors noticed a bad smell coming from her flat.

The 22-year-old’s body was discovered decomposing, fully clothed and with
multiple stab wounds.

Prosecutor Mark Heywood described the killing as ‘swift and brutal’.

‘It is likely she fought back but was very quickly overwhelmed. The killer
then left her while she lay on the bed, dead or dying.

‘In all probability she knew her killer and she allowed him there.

‘He covered her face with one of the pillows from the bed, either to finish
his work or perhaps to avoid her stare in death.

Heywood has said the culprit removed ‘anything obvious’ from the flat
linked to the killing, but left ‘biological traces’ behind.

Maynard, who denies murder, lived on the same street as Azzopardi with his
girlfriend and child.

He had been cheating on his girlfriend at the time of the killing due to
their relationship being on the wane, the court heard.

Telephone records showed Maynard and Azzopardi were in contact with each
other in the days before her death. Blood was splattered on the radiator
and on the floor in the bedroom.

‘There were knives in the kitchen but none with any traces of blood,’
Heywood added.

‘That suggests, says the prosecution, that the weapon used to cause these
injuries was carried away.’

The trial continues.

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