Transgender woman who raped girl while she was a man sent to a male prisonBy Mason White 1:54 PM January 11, 2016
By: Tanya Malhotra
A transgender woman who was sentenced to prison for raping a girl while she was a man, was locked up in an all male facility, prosecutors in the United Kingdom said.
34-year-old Davina Ayrton, who changed her name from David, was sent to the Winchester prison, while the Ministry of Justice is debating where to place transgender prisoners for their own safety and the safety of other inmates.
Last month, two transgender women have taken their own lives while they were locked up in all male prison facilities.
21-year-old Vicky Thompson was found dead in her cell in Armley. She had told her friends that she would kill herself if sent to a male prison.
38-year-old Joanne Latham of Nottingham, died in a prison in Woodhill, after committing suicide. She was held in a unit under close supervision, which is reserved for the most dangerous and vulnerable prisoners.
As we reported earlier, Ayrton was accused of drinking with the 15-year-old girl and raping her on a couch.
Ayrton was charged with one count of rape. According to the police investigation, the incident unfolded when the suspect was still a man named David.
The Portsmouth Crown Court heard that the victim, who was not identified, tried to push Ayrton away before she raped her.
The victim told the court that the rape lasted just a few seconds, but it felt like several minutes. The girl said that she was unable to move or breathe as Ayrton pinned down both her hands and blocked her mouth.
After the rape, Ayrton sat on the couch for a few minutes, picked something up from the floor and fled from the scene.
The girl did not report the rape to police because she was too traumatized to talk about it. The crime came to light after Ayrton told someone that he raped a girl, and that person called the police.