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'Prosthetic penis' woman released on bail after court victory

Crime WorldBy Sunday World
Gayle Newland was convicted by a jury of three counts of sexual assault
Gayle Newland was convicted by a jury of three counts of sexual assault

A woman jailed after being accused of impersonating a man to trick her female friend into sex has won a challenge against her conviction.

Gayle Newland, 26, of Willaston, Cheshire, faces a new trial following a ruling by three Court of Appeal judges in London.

Newland, who watched proceedings via video link from prison, wept as Lady Justice Hallett, sitting with Mr Justice King and Mr Justice Dove, announced their decision and released her on bail.

She was convicted by a jury of three counts of sexual assault at Chester Crown Court last year and sentenced to eight years in November.

During the case, the court heard how Newland disguised her appearance and voice as she persuaded the other woman to put on a blindfold when they met up.

The pair had sex about 10 times until the complainant ripped off her mask and in disbelief saw Newland wearing a prosthetic penis.

Newland claimed her accuser, also aged 25, always knew she was pretending to be a man as they engaged in role play while struggling with their sexuality.

She said no blindfold was used and she did not strap bandages to her chest or wear a woollen hat and swimsuit.

Her lawyer argued on Wednesday that her conviction was "unsafe".

The appeal judges allowed her appeal and quashed her conviction following criticism of the trial judge's summing up.