Alleged sex worker killer’s scary message after realising woman was transgender

A student accused of murdering a sex worker in sent a chilling message to his friend saying: “I believe I killed a whore".

Hector Enrique Valencia, a Colombian, is standing trial in the NSW Supreme Court where he has admitted to assaulting and killing Kimberley McRae.

McRae, 69, was killed in January 2020, and despite Valencia admitting to her manslaughter, he has pleaded not guilty to her murder.

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Mr Valencia, 23, has denied that it was his intention to either kill or cause grievous bodily harm to Ms McRae after answering an online advertisement and going to her apartment.

The court was told that Ms McRae, 69, was a transgender woman and advertised online as a 38-year-old regarding sexual services.

Defence barrister Claire Wasley told the court that when Ms McRae performed sexual acts on Mr Valencia, he was unaware that she was transgender to which he "lost control" when he found out the truth.

According to the Crown prosecution, they allege that the 69-year-old died due to neck compression and was discovered with a cord around her neck.

While Mr Valencia’s defence has accepted he caused the death, they are arguing the point of intent and that he didn't cause grievous bodily harm to Ms McRae.

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The court heard that Mr Valencia sent a Facebook message to a friend in Spanish, two days after her death.

Crown prosecutor Craig Everson SC told the court of one of the messages which translated as: “I die of shame to tell this to anybody. I believe I killed a whore … I better go Colombia before they catch me, I cannot see her in the news. I don’t know if she is dead, but she must be after what happened.”

Mr Valencia returned to Colombia soon after the incident, he has since been extradited back to Australia where he's currently in custody.

Ms McRae’s decomposing body was discovered after her real estate agent who when asked what she could smell when she entered her apartment, she said: “I could smell, like a bad … like decomposing, a strong smell.”


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