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A man who killed a sex worker and robbed another, has today, Friday, 19 December, been sentenced to an indefinite hospital, under s37 of the Mental Health Act.
Robert Richard Fraser, 40 (24/9/74) of no fixed address, appeared at the Old Bailey where he admitted the manslaughter by diminished responsibility of Maria Duque-Tunjano on Friday, 31 January at a flat in Earls Court Square, SW5.
Fraser was also convicted of robbery in relation to an attack he carried out on other sex worker.
Detective Chief Inspector Nicola Wall, Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “Fraser was clearly a danger to women and in particular sex workers, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the media and the general public for the assistance they provided to the police during the four-days in which a manhunt to locate Fraser was underway.
I would also like to thank the various services that support sex workers for the valuable help they provided the police in communicating with the women particularly when we needed provide them with personal safety advice and speak to them as witnesses.
The court heard that on 17 January, Fraser contacted an escort agency and made arrangements to visit a 27-year old woman at an address in Hermitage Street, W2 the following evening.
Fraser arrived at the property at about 19:30hrs and soon after attacked the woman, using her pyjamas to tie her up and gag her. Fraser stole cash before leaving the property.
An investigation was launched and Fraser was later identified as a suspect by DNA evidence he left at the scene.
On Friday, 31 January, the body of Ms Duque-Tunjano was found by a friend in the bedroom of a flat in Earls Court Square, after concerns were raised for her welfare.
Ms Duque-Tunjano had not been seen or heard from since Tuesday, 28 January.
A post-mortem examination established that she had suffered blunt force trauma to the head, and a murder investigation was launched.
Detectives established that Ms Duque-Tunjano took a booking from Fraser on 28 January and arrangements were made for him to attend the flat for sexual services. His arrival at 21:57hrs was witnessed by another sex worker who left shortly afterwards, it was also captured on CCTV.
CCTV captured Fraser leaving the property at 22:25hrs and it is believed he killed Ms Duque-Tunjano, between 21:75 and 22:225hrs.
Fraser struck Ms Duque-Tunjano about the head and ransacked her bag, stealing cash and her mobile telephone. His DNA was found at the scene.
Enquires conducted at this known addresses yielded clothing and footwear which matched the descriptions of clothing he was thought to have been wearing during the two offences. A laptop with details of escort agencies and sex workers was also found.
Enquiries to locate and arrest Fraser were underway and his image was circulated to the national media. Fraser was arrested on Tuesday, 4 February in Leicester Square, central London, after a member of the public recognised him and called the police.