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Lesbian accused of impersonating a man to have sex with a female friend has conviction overturned

Gayle Newland was originally sentenced to eight years in prison

Lesbian accused of impersonating a man to have sex with a female friend has conviction overturned
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Gayle Newland was sentenced to eight years in prison

A lesbian who has been jailed for impersonating a man to trick a female friend into sex has had her conviction overturned.

Gayle Newland, 25, was jailed for eight years in November 2015 after being found guilty of three counts of sexual assault.

Following a ruling by three judges at London’s Court of Appeal, she now faces a re-trial.

According to the Evening Standard, Newland watched the proceedings via video link.

She reportedly cried when Lady Justice Hallet, sitting with Mr Justice King and Mr Justice Dove, announced the decision to allow her appeal.

The judges also quashed the conviction following criticism of the trial judge’s summing up.

Following today’s decision, Newland is being released on bail.

On Wednesday, her lawyer had argued his defendant’s conviction was ‘unsafe’.

Newland is being accused of impersonating a man over the course of two years, to trick a friend into having sex with her.

The trial sparked debate about trans rights and if it would set a precendent meaning trans people would need to reveal their gender history before sex.

A date for the retrial has yet to be set.


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