25-year-old Gayle Newland of Willaston, Cheshire is on trial in the UK for five counts of sexual assault against her female friend—according to the alleged victim, Newland pretended to be a Filipino-Latino man named Kye Fortune, developed a relationship with the woman over the internet and on the phone, and later had sex with her on several occasions with a prosthetic penis while the woman was blindfolded.

Hmm!

According to The Telegraph, the alleged victim met “Kye” over Facebook in 2011, who she believed was recovering from a brain tumor and anxious about his appearance.

During this time, the complainant said she met Newland - who became a “really good friend” and said she knew Kye. Eventually, the complainant and Kye decided to finally meet in person at a Chester hotel, the jury heard.

She told police the only stipulation that Kye made was that she wear a blindfold because he was “anxious about the way he looked” and “could not walk properly” due to nerve and muscle damage.

The Chester Chronicle reports: “She said she was told he had to wear bandages around his chest because of his heart monitor and a swimming costume for his circulation.” She says she discovered the unfortunate truth in June 2013, when she and Kye were having sex for the last time:

She told police that she felt something was ‘not right’ so she removed the scarf and mask, and saw Newland standing there wearing a woolly hat, swimming suit and prosthetic penis.

The alleged victim said in court that she was “probably a bit stupid,” continuing: “If I thought Kye was a girl, whether it was Gayle or anyone else, I would not have continued seeing him.”

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She claims that she did not knowingly consent to the use of a prosthesis, and she did not know Kye was a woman. Newland, however, denies the charges, claiming that the alleged victim knew she was a woman and that “Kye” was a shared fantasy.

Newland’s lawyer characterized the alleged victim’s claims that Kye’s high-pitched voice was due to his half-Filipino and half-Latino heritage as a “lazy stereotype” and a “ridiculous excuse.”

Live updates from this completely insane ongoing trial, apparently being referred to as the “Chester Prosthetic Penis Trial,” can be found here.


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