Judge cred­its killer for tough jail time she ex­pe­ri­enced as trans­gen­der woman

StarMetro Toronto - - TORONTO - Betsy Pow­ell

A Toronto judge has given a con­victed killer en­hanced credit for pre­trial cus­tody be­cause of the hard­ships she faced as the first trans­gen­der woman held at the all-male Toronto South De­ten­tion Cen­tre.

On Tues­day, Su­pe­rior Court Jus­tice Robert Clark sen­tenced sex worker Moka Dawkins to eight years in prison for fa­tally stab­bing Jamie Foster, 27, in his down­town apart­ment Aug. 3, 2015. Dawkins, who was tried as a man un­der her birth name, de­scribed the chal­lenges of be­ing locked up in an all-male fa­cil­ity, where she chose to go rather than be forced into seg­re­ga­tion in a women’s in­sti­tu­tion be­cause she has not fully tran­si­tioned.

The judge said be­cause of the harsh con­di­tions he would credit her two days for ev­ery one served pre­trial. That brings her time served to six-and-a-half years — leav­ing 18 months left in jail. More at thes­tar.com/gta

Moka Dawkins has 18 months re­main­ing to serve for killing Jamie Foster.

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