Gayle Newland disguised her appearance and voice during around 10 sexual encounters
Gayle Newland disguised her appearance and voice during around 10 sexual encounters Independent News and Media

Woman who impersonated man to have sex with friend jailed

A WOMAN was jailed for eight years by a British court Thursday after tricking a friend she met on Facebook into having sex with her by disguising herself as a man.

Gayle Newland, 25, met the victim on the social network in 2011 using the profile name Kye Fortune and spoke to her on the phone impersonating a man's voice.

They finally agreed to meet face-to-face in 2013.

But Newland insisted that the other woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, wear a blindfold for the meeting, claiming to feel insecure after brain surgery.

They subsequently spent more than 100 hours together in which the other woman always wore a blindfold during activities which included watching television together and sunbathing.

The couple had sex around 10 times before the woman ripped off her mask and saw that Newland was wearing a prosthetic penis.

Newland, of Willaston, Cheshire, northwest England, took on an alter-ego - "Kye Fortune" - and disguised herself by taping her chest flat, wearing a swimsuit to smooth her curves and deepening her voice.

Newland, claimed the victim always knew she was only pretending to be a man and that they were engaged in role play as they explored their sexuality.

She insisted that no blindfold was used and denied strapping bandages to her chest and wearing a woollen hat to disguise herself.

Sentencing Newland for sexual assault at Chester Crown Court, judge Roger Dutton called her a "deceitful, scheming and thoroughly determined young woman".

He told her: "To successfully pass off a deception of this complexity was a major undertaking involving dedicated mobile phone lines as well as regular texts from you purporting to be Kye's relatives.

"You pursued this course of conduct over a lengthy period during which you played with her affections, acting entirely for your own sexual satisfaction and choosing to ignore the devastating impact that the eventual discovery of the truth would have on her."

In a statement read to the court, the victim said Newland had "poisoned her life".

She said: "Not only have I had to delete all the friends I have made in Chester apart from one I feel like I can't visit that friend or the beautiful city again. Socially I feel trapped. Still living in this invisible prison Gayle has made."

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