Man ‘murdered nurse before having sexual conduct with body’ after Tinder date

A man has been charged after allegedly murdering a woman on a Tinder date after she was found beaten and strangled.

Danueal Drayton is also accused of sexually abusing the date's corpse, as well as keeping another woman hostage in a hotel room.

The 31-year-old allegedly committed the crime while already out of custody for choking an ex-girlfriend.

Drayton's victim was nurse Samantha Stewart, who he met on dating app Tinder.

According to local reports, he also stole her credit cards and bought tickets to fly to California where he was found – having kept another woman he also met on Tinder hostage – and taken back to New York last week after the victim's body was found wrapped in a towel by her brother.

Stewart's body was found beaten, strangled and wrapped in a blanket on her bedroom floor.

District Attorney Melinda Katz said: “This family deserves justice.

“This was a brutal crime that makes every person using a dating app fearful.

“The victim was duped into going out on a date with the defendant, who played a charmer online but was in fact an alleged sexual predator.

“The defendant is accused of brutally beating and then killing this innocent woman in her own home.

“After this heinous act of violence, the defendant fled the state to escape prosecution. Now back in our custody, this defendant will be held to account for his alleged actions.

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New York Police Department Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said: “So this individual is known to us and it is believed by us that this individual uses dating web sites to meet women and then victimize these women.”

A trial date has been set for May 23, and the man's previous £1,500 bail bond for acts committed against his ex-girlfriend has now been cancelled, with no new amount believed to have been set.

According to NBC News, he could face between 25 years and life in prison.

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