Man jailed for Sonia Burgess Tube station killing

by William ASTON on December 23, 2011

A man who was responsible for pushing a lawyer under a London Tube train was jailed for her manslaughter at the Old Bailey today.

Sonia Burgess, aged 63, died at King’s Cross station at the height of rush hour in October 2010. Mr Senthooran Kanagasingham, also known as Nina, might have been cleared of murder but had already earlier admitted to manslaughter on grounds of diminished responsibility.
A transgender man, Kanagasingham, aged 35, and of Cricklewood, north London, will start his life sentence today and must serve seven years at the least.

The jury was told of how the convict has been undergoing sex-change treatment when he pushed Sonia Burgess onto the tracks and that he had also been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic. The prosecution refused to accept Kanagasingham’s manslaughter plea and the then-suspect was placed on trial for murder.

Judge Stephen Kramer blasted Kanagasingham when he pointed out that Ms Burgess was an incredibly good and generous friend to the now-jailed Sri Lankan. The victim, who was a leading human rights in addition to an immigration lawyer, befriended Kanagasingham before she introduced him to the GP he had been seeing because she had concerns regarding her friend’s mental state. More specifically, Burgess had been telling people that Kanagasingham was imploding and becoming increasingly psychotic. According to those that were on the platform at the time the act was committed, the convict looked calm but empty.

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