A US marine murdered a transgender woman after taking her to a hotel room for a night of passion and discovering she had been born a man.
Joseph Scott Pemberton first strangled Jennifer Laude before dunking her head in a toilet, drowning her.
He then walked out of the hotel where staff later found her lifeless body.
The Lance Corporal was yesterday sentenced to between six to 12 years in jail after being convicted of murdering Miss Laude while on a break from US military exercises in the country.
Pemberton, an anti-tank missile operator from New Bedford, Massachusetts, was one of thousands of American and Philippine military personnel who participated in the joint exercise last year.
Pemberton and a group of other marines met Laude and her friends at a bar in Olongapo, a Philippine city known for its nightlife located outside Subic Bay, a former US naval base.