After several trial involving death of transgender named Jennifer Laude, accused admits killing.
The 19 year-old United States Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton admits responsible upon the brutal killing of 26 year-old transwoman Filipina Jennifer Laude, 11 October 2014 in Olongapo, Philippines. Pemberton found unaware that Laude was transgender, until incident happened. The killing was the second reported criminal case involving United States Marine in the Philippines, under the existing Philippines–United States Visiting Forces Agreement.
Incident rises protest in the country involving transgender rights and social activists. Department of Justice rejected the appeal by Pemberton to drop the murder charges against him in January 27, and his trial began March 23. Pemberton was in the Philippines as part of regular military exercises. He used to met Laude at Ambyanz disco bar in Olongapo, and reportedly went into a nearby motel.
According to police reports, they subsequently went to Celzone Lodge and thirty minutes after checking in, Pemberton left the motel. Staff found Laude’s naked body, partially covered from the waist down, her head leaning on the rim of the toilet bowl. Cause of death was reported as “asphyxiation by drowning.”
After thorough investigation, Pemberton admits the said killing. According to him, Laude began performed oral sex on him, and during their sex he reached down between Laude’s legs and discovered that his sex partner had a penis. He then got angry–feeling that he was being raped by another man then choked Laude.
He thought Laude just lost consciousness after, he then dragged Laude’s body to the bathroom, to revive Laude he try to pour water. Harry Roque, Private lawyer for the Laude family said Pemberton made the admission during his testimony and told the court Laude was performing oral sex on him when he suddenly felt a penis when he put his hand between Laude’s legs.
As Pemberton admits killing Jennifer Laude, if found guilty will face life in prison. He is currently detained in Mutual Defense Board-Security Engagement Board Facility in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City. IMAGE/AP FILE PHOTO