‘Vulnerable’ trans woman accused of rape is not ‘predatory male’, Glasgow court told | UK News

Her lawyer said a transgender woman accused of rape was “not at all a predator”.

Isla Bryson allegedly raped a woman in Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire, in 2016 and another in Drumchapel, Glasgow, in 2019.

Supreme Court in glasgow was told evidence was unanimous that Bryson now identifies as a transgender woman, but was formerly known as Adam Graham.

Bryson, 31, told the court she knew she was transgender at the age of 4 but did not make the decision to be transgender until 29, is currently taking hormones and seeking surgery to complete her transition. count.

Edward Targowski KC, the defense, described the three main witnesses in the trial as “vulnerable”, adding: “And that includes Isla Bryson.”

Mr Targowski said of Bryson’s gender, saying: “If you accept that evidence, that she’s transgender, that she’s aiming to continue down the path of being female, that’s a leg up. long way to acquit her of these charges.”

Bryson declared all sex is consensual.

Mr Targowski added: “I have a problem with the trial and the attorney representing that there is no way Isla Bryson can be described as a predatory male.

“This is not the kind of case we’re in.”

Attorney John Keenan argued that there was “clear evidence” of dissent in both the accounts of the alleged victims, which he described as “reliable and trustworthy”. .

Mr. Keenan said: “He [the accused] too strong and she couldn’t push him away, she said no, very loudly, many times.

“She kept trying and pushing him away but he said no.”

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Regarding the second alleged victim, Mr Keenan said: “There is clear evidence from the complainant that there was no consent.

“She said the defendant stopped, that she couldn’t breathe, she didn’t want to. The defendant didn’t stop.”

Responding to Bryson’s evidence, Mr Keenan said the defendant’s account was “totally unbelievable and unreliable”.

He added that Bryson “hunted down two vulnerable female partners”.

The jury was out for deliberation and Lord Scott adjourned the trial until Tuesday.


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