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Transgender woman raped 15-year-old girl when she was a man

Davina Ayrton
Davina Ayrton

A transgender woman is to be sentenced after being found guilty of raping a teenage girl when she was a man.

A jury convicted Davina Ayrton, who changed her name from David three years ago, of the sexual attack on a 15-year-old girl in the autumn of 2004, following a week-long trial at Portsmouth Crown Court in January.

The trial heard that Ayrton had met up with the victim, who had run away from home, and two friends on an evening in autumn 2004 and gone drinking in a garage in Portsmouth which had a sofa and chairs in it.

The victim described how she screamed and shouted at Ayrton, who was 23 at the time, to stop but failed to wake up her friend and her boyfriend who were sleeping nearby.

The court heard that Ayrton has learning difficulties and has been living at the Heywood Sumner House care home in Fordingbridge, Hampshire.

The prosecution was brought after a care worker reported that Ayrton, 34, had confessed to the rape in January 2014 and told her that she was a "paedophile" and had "always known there was something wrong with me and I need help".

Following conviction, Judge Ian Pearson remanded Ayrton, who attempted to commit suicide last summer, into custody for her own safety and said it was likely she would be held at the male prison in Winchester, Hampshire, until sentencing.

Ayrton told the court in her evidence that she had not undergone any physical modifications or taken any medication as part of her gender swap.

The court was also told that Ayrton, who has a son, was convicted of possessing indecent images of children, at Bournemouth Crown Court in January 2014.