Sex-Change Murderer Wins Right to Be in Women's Prison

by VR Sreeraman on Sep 7 2009 3:05 PM

A transsexual killer, who attempted to rape a female shop assistant, is moving to a women's prison after getting the green light from a judge.

The 27-year-old won an argument in the court when it was ruled that keeping her in a men's prison breached her human rights.

The murderer, named only as 'A', was given a life sentence for crimes committed while a man, reports the Sun.

She was sentenced to five years in jail for manslaughter after strangling a boyfriend with a pair of tights. Some time later her release, she tried to rape a woman shop assistant after tying her with a suspender belt.

'A', who grew breasts after undergoing hormone treatment and wears skirts and make-up in her cell, has also been allowed to have full sex-change surgery, from which she was previously banned while in a male prison.

Deputy Judge David Elvin QC said 'A' had endured gender dysphoria from an early age, and Justice Secretary Jack Straw's decision to keep her in a male prison breached the European Convention on Human Rights.

Attorneys said 'A' was "a woman trapped in a man's body" and the ruling "gave her hope".