Trans­gen­der sex at­tacker jailed for life

‘PREDA­TOR’ PREYED ON WOMEN IN PRISON WHILE BE­ING HELD FOR RAPE

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A TRANS­GEN­DER sex at­tacker preyed on in­mates in a women’s prison while be­ing held for rap­ing a woman in Manch­ester.

Karen White, 52, was born a man but iden­ti­fies as a woman. Af­ter be­ing charged with rap­ing two women – one in Manch­ester – and stab­bing a 66-yearold neigh­bour, White was sent to a women’s jail.

Within days of ar­riv­ing at HMP New Hall in Flock­ton, near Wake­field, last au­tumn, White sex­u­ally as­saulted two women pris­on­ers – while wear­ing a wig, make-up and women’s cloth­ing.

Now White, for­merly known as David Thomp­son and Stephen Wood, has been jailed for life – and sent to a men’s prison.

Leeds Crown Court heard the se­rial sex at­tacker was a ‘preda­tory’ and ‘ma­nip­u­la­tive’ in­di­vid­ual who posed a ‘sig­nif­i­cant risk of se­ri­ous harm to chil­dren, women and the gen­eral pub­lic.’

The at­tack on the woman in Manch­ester hap­pened while White was liv­ing at Birch Lane in Longsight.

White was on li­cence, hav­ing been re­leased early from a sen­tence for mo­lest­ing a child.

White was then ar­rested af­ter mov­ing to Mytholm­royd, near Heb­den Bridge, where she at­tacked a 66-year-old neigh­bour with a steak knife.

The vic­tim was told by White: “I’m go­ing to kill you. If I don’t do it now, you won’t know when or where, but I am go­ing to kill you.”

Fol­low­ing the ar­rest, two women came for­ward with rape al­le­ga­tions against White.

One was raped while preg­nant and an­other was raped re­peat­edly, caus­ing her in­ter­nal in­juries and the fear she could not have chil­dren in the fu­ture.

Both women had tried to take their own lives as a re­sult of the rapes.

White had only be­gan gen­der re­as­sign­ment af­ter be­ing re­manded into cus­tody for that ap­palling cat­a­logue of of­fend­ing, the court heard.

White was later found guilty of one count of wound­ing fol­low­ing a trial at Brad­ford Crown Court, be­fore plead­ing guilty to three counts of rape against two women, and two counts of sex­ual as­sault against fe­male in­mates.

Pros­e­cu­tor Christo­pher Dunn de­scribed the de­fen­dant as ‘al­legedly’ trans­gen­der.

Mr Dunn said: “The pros­e­cu­tion say al­legedly be­cause there’s smat­ter­ings of ev­i­dence in this case that the de­fen­dant’s ap­proach to tran­si­tion­ing has been less than com­mit­ted.

“The pros­e­cu­tion sug­gest the rea­son for the lack of com­mit­ment to­wards tran­si­tion­ing is so the de­fen­dant can use a trans­gen­der per­sona to put her­self in con­tact with vul­ner­a­ble per­sons she can then abuse.”

Now in a men’s prison – HMP Leeds in Arm­ley – White has been locked up for life, with a min­i­mum of eight years and 116 days to serve.

Judge Christo­pher Batty told White: “You are a preda­tor and highly ma­nip­u­la­tive.

“You rep­re­sent a sig­nif­i­cant risk of se­ri­ous harm to chil­dren, to women and to the gen­eral pub­lic.”

Karen White has been jailed for life and, right, a po­lice photo of Karen, who was born a man

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