Crime

Rapist Moved To Women's Prison After Sex Change Surgery

| by Alex Scarr

A convicted rapist has been moved to a women's prison after undergoing gender reassignment surgery to make the transition from male to female.

Jessica Winfield, born Martin Ponting, was relocated to another prison within the U.K. after having the surgery, according to reports. Winfield was convicted of attacking two girls in 1995 and sentenced to life in prison. Winfield had previously been serving time at a maximum-security facility and one of Britain's tougher prisons.

In 1999, John Pilley, also known as Jane Anne, made legal history when she underwent gender reassignment surgery while in prison in the U.K. and was transferred to a new prison matching her preferred gender. The procedure was funded by the country's National Health Service.

Pilley later decided he wanted to change back into a man and received another surgery funded by the NHS. This provided legal precedent for prisoners to apply to have the surgery while incarcerated.

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Winfield's victims have spoken out against her change.

"He may have changed physically but his brain is still the same,” one of Winfield's victims told The Sun. "To assume the identity of a woman after what he did is a kick in the teeth."

"There are not enough words to describe him and the evil he has done. It is diabolical they have allowed him to have a sex change and diabolical that he could be freed this year," she said. "You can change somebody’s genitals but it’s not going to take away the urge and impulse inside them to do horrific things to children. I feel like it mocks the people he offended against."

Winfield requested the surgery after claiming years of abuse and mistreatment in the men's prison, due to her transsexual identity and a lack of empathy. Winfield wrote to prisoners' newspaper Inside Time and described the lack of understanding and the hard time many prisoners had in interacting with her, according to the Independent.

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Winfield's brother Nigel has criticized the surgery and wishes she would stay behind bars.

“The best they could do is throw away the key. He is a menace to the public and people need to be warned about him," he told The Sun.

David Hines, the founder of the Victimcare charity, was "irate" at the NHS's decision to fund Winfield's surgery.

"Support charities are struggling to make ends meet and get no help from the government, but prisoners get all the luxuries they could possibly ask for," he said.

Sources: The Sun, Independent / Photo credit: Dave Nakayama/Flickr

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