Face of the day

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Chester Crown Court. Gayle Newland in handcuffs leaving court after sentencing. Picture by by Andrew Price/View Finder Pictures-Chester

Today’s face of the day Gayle Newland used a fake penis and a blindfold in order to dupe her friend into having sex with her. She has been jailed for eight years. While there is no doubt that she did real emotional damage to the friend that she duped, the sentence of 8 years for what was deceptive but consensual and I assume enjoyable sex, seems excessive. Rapists who physically as well as emotionally harm their victims have had lesser punishments.

I will also mention the elephant in the room that the media has not mentioned for fear of being accused of victim blaming. The victim certainly believed that she was having sex with a man but any man who will not allow you to be with him without wearing a blindfold quite clearly has something to hide.

This reminds me of the case of the ex wife who had consensual and enjoyable sex with a man who turned out to be her ex husband. She agreed to have sex with a man she didn’t know who she met online and agreed to be blindfolded but then felt ‘violated’ when it turned out to be her ex husband.

Gayle Newland, 25, disguised her appearance and voice as she persuaded the other woman to put on a blindfold when they met up.

The pair had sex about 10 times until the victim ripped off her mask and in disbelief saw Newland wearing a prosthetic penis.

Newland, of Hooton Road, Willaston, near Neston, was found guilty on three charges of sexual assault following a trial.

She wept uncontrollably as she was jailed for eight years by Judge Roger Dutton at Chester Crown Court today.

Newland was so distraught she was unable to stand and had to be physically carried down to the cells where her shouts and cries could still be heard in the courtroom.
Her family were left visibly stunned by the lengthy sentence, with one heard to say “That did not f***ing just happen” .

Before she was sent down, they shouted “we are here for you” from the public gallery.

Judge Roger Dutton described Newland as ‘scheming’, ‘deceitful’ and ‘highly manipulative’.

He said the crime was so unusual he could depart from normal sentencing guidelines.

He told Newland: “You were so convincing in your cruel deception of [the victim] she thought she had finally found a man she could love and be with.”
Newland acted for her own “sexual gratification” and ignored the “devastating” impact on the victim, he added.

During the trial, Newland claimed her accuser, also aged 25, always knew she was pretending to be a man as they engaged in role play while struggling with their sexuality.

She said no blindfold was used and she did not strap bandages to her chest or wear a woollen hat and swimsuit.

But in September, a jury at Chester Crown Court convicted the marketing manager of three counts of sexual assault at the complainant’s flat in Chester.



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