Woman posed as a man to befriend naive 25-year-old female student on Facebook

A woman bandaged her body and used a prosthetic penis in order to trick a naive female university student into believing she was a man.

Gayle Newland

A woman have posed as a man online to befriend a woman. She also bandaged her body and used a prosthetic penis in order to trick a naive female university student into believing she was a man.

25-year old Gayle Newland, is said to have befriended the woman, also 25, by posing on Facebook as a man named 'Kye' and the couple later had sex in hotels in Chester, Greater Manchester.

Newland set up a Facebook profile under the alias of 'Kye Fortune' and sent the alleged victim a friend request in 2011, telling her that he knew of her through a mutual friend, the court heard.

As their relationship developed, the alleged victim made a number of requests to meet in person, but each was met by Kye with 'repeated excuses'.

And during their telephone conversations, Kye is said to have dismissed his high-pitched voice as a result of his Filipino heritage.

When the couple finally met at The Dene Hotel, Chester, on February 22, 2013, Newland, posing as Kye, she bound her chest and wore a woolly hat and swimsuit to disguise her appearance, telling the woman he was self-conscious about 'his' appearance after hospital treatment.

She also insisted the alleged victim wore a blindfold, claiming he was insecure about his appearance following an accident.

The alleged victim had agreed to follow 'rules' which included not touching Kye's 'private part' and wearing a blindfold but 'believed she was having sex with a male', Chester Crown Court heard.

The prosecution say that Newland wore a swimming costume with bandages binding her chest and a hat to conceal her hair, maintaining the outfit was necessary because of the injuries.

The two then had sex, with Newland using a prosthetic penis without the alleged victim's knowledge, it is claimed.

When the alleged victim became unhappy in the relationship and tried to break up, Kye messaged her saying he would kill himself, it was heard.

She agreed to meet him at her flat on June 30 and the couple had sex again but this time she became suspicious and removed her blindfold for the first time.

The woman claimed it was only then she realised she was in bed with a woman. She unsuccessfully tried to call the police and a struggle followed before she fled the property.

The trial continues, Hailing it 'undoubtedly an unusual case', prosecutor Matthew Corbett-Jones said the alleged assaults took place against 'what on the face of it is a fairly extraordinary background'.


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