Woman who tricked friend into sex with fake penis found guilty

A British woman was found guilty — again — for using a fake penis to trick her female friend into having sex with her on numerous occasions.

Gayle Newland was first convicted of sexual assault in September 2015 but the conviction was quashed last October and she was released from jail pending a retrial.

On Thursday, the 27-year-old woman was found guilty again when a Manchester crown court determined that the victim was unaware she was sleeping with Newland because of the great lengths she went to hide her real identity.

According to The Guardian, Newland, a creative writing graduate of Chester University, reached out to her friend and fellow classmate in 2011 posing as a man named Kye Fortune.

Authorities said Newland, posing as her alter ego, came up with excuses as to why it was important for the victim to wear a blindfold, including telling the woman that he had been “badly injured and disfigured” and was recovering from a brain tumor operation.

She persuaded the student to wear a blindfold whenever they met, and wore a large strap-on prosthetic penis in order to dupe the woman into having penetrative sex. The jury heard that the complainant not only wore the blindfold during sex but also for at least 100 hours when the pair were just hanging out – going for drives, sunbathing and even “watching” films together.

The court heard that the two women met when Newland contacted the woman on Facebook, using the alter ego “Kye Fortune”. For a year the pair swapped messages and photos online, and talked regularly for hours on the phone, but did not meet, the court heard.

“Kye” provided various excuses as to why he could not meet in person – because he had been “badly injured and disfigured”, had a brain tumour and was being treated in hospital, that he had had a seizure and was in intensive care. The complainant, “perhaps naively on reflection”, accepted these excuses, said Simon Medland, QC, for the prosecution.

During that period Kye told the woman he had a friend called Gayle, who also happened to be studying at Chester University. This was Gayle Newland, the jury was told.

The two women met, using their real names, and became firm friends, with the student confiding in Newland about her relationship with Kye.

Eventually, in February 2013, Kye agreed to meet up with the student at a hotel in Chester. “He” [really, Newland] laid down a series of conditions that Medland conceded the jury might find “rather odd”.

The complainant was to remain blindfold throughout – because Kye was ashamed of his injuries. And he was bandaged around his chest because of a heart condition and had to wear a “medically necessary sort of bodysuit” during sex. In addition, he would have to wear a hat because of scarring caused by an operation on his brain tumour.

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