Sex abuser who posed as man sobs at six-year jail term.
A “manipulative” woman who tricked a friend into thinking she was a man by blindfolding her and having sex using a fake penis sobbed in the dock after she was again jailed following a retrial.
Gayle Newland, 27, of Willaston, Cheshire, was convicted of three counts of sexual assault in September 2015 and jailed for eight years, but was freed on appeal last autumn.
At a retrial at Manchester crown court last month she was found guilty of committing sexual assault by penetration without her victim’s consent.
Yesterday she slumped to the floor of the dock sobbing as she was sentenced to six and a half years in prison. She cried “no” as the judge ordered her to sign the sex offender’s register and remain on it for life. Her mother called out: “We love you, Gayle” as she was led away to the cells.
Her original conviction was quashed because the trial judge’s summing up of the case was not fair and balanced.
The creative writing graduate, described in court as “an imaginative and persuasive liar”, had created a “disturbingly complex” online persona to achieve her own “bizarre sexual satisfaction”.
She adopted a male online persona called Kye Fortune to seduce a student in 2011. She persuaded the student to wear a blindfold whenever they met and wore a strap-on prosthetic penis as she duped the woman into having penetrative sex. The student insisted she had no idea that she was having sex with Newland rather than “Kye” and would not have consented had she known. She only discovered the truth when she ripped off the blindfold during sex.
Judge David Stockdale, QC, told Newland: “The truth, the whole truth, here is as surprising as it is profoundly disturbing. It is difficult to conceive of a deceit so degrading or so damaging.”
Newland received concurrent terms of six years for three counts of sexual assault committed in 2013. She was jailed for an extra six months for a fraud committed against her former employers.