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Woman Found Guilty Of Tricking Her Friend Believing She Was Having Sex With A Man

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A woman pretended to be man to trick her female friend believing she was having sex with a man.

Today, Gayle Newland, 27, broke down in the dock as she was found guilty of a string of sexual assaults after a dramatic retrial granted last year following criticism of the judge’s summing up in her 2015 court case.

This time her legal team concentrated more on the sexual history of her victim who slept with up to 19 men in the period after she went to police in 2013.

She found guilty of sexual assault by using a prosthetic penis by the jury and again faces jail after being released from her eight-year term last year.

Photo: Dailymail

Photo: Dailymail

She faked herself as a half-Filipino half-Latino man named Kye Fortune and wore a fake penis to have sex up to ten times with the young woman over two years.

This ‘astonishing deception’ was to quench her own ‘bizarre sexual satisfaction’, Manchester Crown Court heard.

She started sobbing when the jury delivered a majority guilty verdict of 11 to one on three out of four counts of sexual assault and yelled: ‘I can’t go back to jail’.

The three counts she was convicted of related to the use of her prosthetic penis – the fourth she was cleared of did not.

When she was told by the judge she would have to sign the Sex Offender Register she repeatedly said: ‘Sex Offender?’

She will be sentenced at a later date. Newland had her conviction for sexual assault quashed last year after appeal judges said it was ‘unsafe’ and she was released from prison after being jailed in 2015 for eight years.

She said that her lover knew that she was a woman all along and was in love and wanted to marry ‘him’.

She even agreed to requests to cover her eyes during sex and also while watching films, eating dinner or sunbathing.

In 2013, during one sex session she realised ‘Kye’ actually had long hair so pulled off her own mask and saw Gayle standing there.

The student, who cannot be named, admitted she slept with a man several weeks after she made her initial police complaint in the summer of 2013 and 19 in total ‘during that time’.

But insisted it was a ‘reckless’ reaction to learning the ‘man’ she thought she might spend the rest of her life with was a woman who decieved her.

Giving evidence in cross-examination by Newland’s barrister, she told Manchester Crown Court: ‘Part of it is because I felt stupid that I had slept with this fake penis. Part of you wants to be reckless and sleep with men. Part of it is just being reckless.

‘I also probably slept with 19 people during that time. I slept with a lot of guys. I got drunk. I did a lot of things when the bottom of your life caved in.’

The acussed mother wept in the upstairs public gallery of the court, while her father, Brian, who had also attended the trial throughout, was not in the courtroom for the verdicts.

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Victim’s sex life after the attacks were used in failed attempt to discredit her

The sexual history of the complainant who accused Gayle Newland (right before her arrest) of duping her into sex by pretending to be a man was focused on in the retrial.

Newland’s accuser made a victim personal statement in January 2015 in which she outlined how she suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression.

She stated: ‘I feel like a shell of a person that I potentially could be. Relationships with partners and colleagues are non-existent.

‘I am no longer the bubbly, fun-loving character I used to be.’

She added that she also feared making eye contact with strangers.

But she later admitted that she slept with a man several weeks after she made her initial police complaint in the summer of 2013.

Giving evidence in cross-examination by Newland’s barrister, she told Manchester Crown Court: ‘Part of it is because I felt stupid that I had slept with this fake penis. Part of you wants to be reckless and sleep with men. Part of it is just being reckless.

‘I also probably slept with 19 people during that time. I slept with a lot of guys.

‘I got drunk. I did a lot of things when the bottom of your life caved in.’

The juries in both of Newland’s trials were shown a video the complainant posted on social media after she made the allegations. The clip showed her doing sit-ups while being held in the air by a male stranger.

She said: ‘There was a challenge, I was drunk off my face. I was trying to have a good time after the crappy last two years.

‘I am not going to apologise for having a good time and making the best of a bad situation.’

The retrial judge told Newland he was taking the ‘exceptional course’ of granting bail but that this was ‘no indicator’ of the sentence she was likely to receive.

Judge David Stockdale QC said: ‘On the contrary you must understand now that the overwhelming likelihood is that on July 20 you will receive a significant immediate custodial sentence. You should be in no doubt about that at all.’

The juries in both Newland’s trials were shown a video the complainant posted on social media after she made the allegations. The clip showed her doing sit-ups while being held in the air by a male stranger.

She said: ‘There was a challenge, I was drunk off my face. I was trying to have a good time after the crappy last two years.

‘I am not going to apologise for having a good time and making the best of a bad situation.’

Newland’s accuser made a victim personal statement in January 2015 in which she outlined how she suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression.

She stated: ‘I feel like a shell of a person that I potentially could be. Relationships with partners and colleagues are non-existent. I am no longer the bubbly fun-loving character I used to be.’

She added she also feared making eye contact with strangers.

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Newland is the daughter of a former building firm boss who grew up in a £500,000 house in the Wirral, she had attended £12,400-a-year Queen’s School in Chester.

At 13 Newland created her online alter ego to pose as a boy and talk to girls on internet forums, later developing ‘him’ into an elaborate Facebook profile using pictures copied from an American teenager’s page.

While studying marketing and creative writing at Chester University, she befriended a fellow undergraduate whom she then contacted online as the boy – without revealing that they were the same person.

She told the girl it was impossible for them to meet because ‘he’ spent most of his time in hospital where he was being treated for a brain tumour.

After an increasingly intense relationship over two years, during which they communicated online and by phone – with Newland lowering her voice – the girl told ‘him’ she wanted them to sleep together.

Newland told the girl ‘he’ had been disfigured and was cripplingly shy. She bought a sex toy online then convinced the girl to wear a blindfold while they repeatedly had sex.

Newland wore a swimsuit and bandaged her chest to conceal her breasts.

Newland claimed it had been a mutual fantasy and that the victim had known she was posing as a man – her lover said her life crumbled when she discussed her boyfriend was a woman.

The victim said she was so in love that she even agreed to keep her blindfold on while they watched TV, ate meals and sunbathed together.

ALTER EGO ‘KYE’ WAS USED BY GAYLE NEWLAND USED TO CONVINCE WOMEN SHE WAS A MAN

From the age of 13, Gayle Newland spent hour upon hour painstakingly creating her online alter ego, Kye Carlos Fortune.

It began as a false name used for speaking to girls on internet chatrooms, but with the rise of social media it became an elaborately constructed double life.

Creating a Facebook profile under the name was easy, but to give ‘him’ credibility there had to be pictures. This was accomplished once Newland came across a basketball-loving youth in New York who fitted how she imagined Kye.

By copying photographs he had posted on his own social media page, Newland was able to upload them on to Kye’s profile, adding caption information to suit his supposed life growing up in England.

The victim in the trial was first befriended by Newland in real life before receiving a friend request from Kye. As ‘he’ was a mutual friend linked to Newland’s own Facebook profile, she told police she quickly came to trust the attractive but shy young man.

Newland created relatives of Kye – including a brother called Reggie who was supposedly going out with her.

However, far from fleshing out Kye’s life with fictional information, much of it matched Newland’s – they were born on the same day and both had a dog called Gypsy. The defence said this demonstrated the implausibility that someone could actually be taken in.

The victim said when she eventually met Kye, she would have to don her mask before ‘he’ came into the room. She said Newland spoke in a deeper voice, wore a woolly hat over her long her and bandaged her chest to hide her breasts.

It was only after one sex session in 2013 that she realised ‘he’ actually had long hair. She pulled her mask off ‘and Gayle was standing there’.

At least three other women communicated online with Miss Newland believing she was a half-Filipino half-Latino man named Kye Fortune, her trial heard.

One woman engaged in online and telephone conversations over a five-year period before she eventually worked out she had been deceived.

In a statement read to Newland’s sex assault retrial at Manchester Crown Court, the woman said she received a Facebook friend request from the ‘quite good looking’ Kye Carlo Fortune in 2009.

Phone numbers were exchanged soon after and she noticed his voice was quite high-pitched.

‘He said he was not blessed with a deep voice,’ she said.

‘Kye said he was based in Chester or the Cheshire area. Kye said he had issues with social anxiety and made excuses why he could not meet in person.’

She said she started becoming suspicious when she noticed that houses in the background of some of Kye’s photographs appeared American.

In 2012 she started a relationship with a male in her home town and told Kye she could not speak to him any more, the jury was told.

In response, Kye said he had cancer but he did not want to talk about it, she said.

She resumed contact after she separated from her boyfriend and the pair began talking on Facetime.

She said: ‘My face was visible on the screen but he never showed me his face on screen. I would say to him ‘it’s called Facetime, show me your face’, but he said it made him too anxious and to stop pressuring him.

‘Sometimes Kye would Facetime me while walking the dog. The dog was called Gypsy.’

She said in October 2013 that Kye said how his friend had fallen in love with him and he had rejected her.

Kye told him the woman was ‘bitter’, had ‘plotted against him’ and the police had been to his house, she said.

She said that in April 2014 she was looking at some photographs that Kye had posted or had been tagged in.

She said: ‘I recognised Kye’s dog Gypsy. Kye was not in the picture. The photo on the profile was of a girl called Gayle Newland.’

She decided to ring Kye as an ‘unknown number’ and asked to speak to Gayle Newland.

‘The same voice said ‘speaking’,’ she said.

‘I knew that Gayle Newland had been pretending to be Kye Fortune. I hung up immediately.’

She said she had ‘so many mixed emotions’ but was ‘almost relieved’.

Giving evidence, Newland, 27, said she never changed her voice when she spoke to the woman.

She said: ‘She always said my voice sounded like a girl.’

Asked why she had lied she had cancer, the defendant said: ‘Because that was a reason for not seeing her. It’s a reason I’m really not proud of.

‘I was very young back then. It was not a nice thing to do. I put my hands up to that.’

She told prosecutor Simon Medland QC she ‘obviously’ did not want to meet her because she would know she was not Kye Fortune and there was nothing sexual in their messages.

Newland also admitted pretending to be Kye with two other women who she never met.

She said: ‘They didn’t know me as Gayle. That was my coping mechanism at the end of the day. I don’t expect you to understand. My coping mechanism could have been a lot worse.’

Video: Dailymail

Newland said she created the Facebook profile of Kye Fortune – using an American man’s photographs and videos – at the age of 15, because she found it difficult to talk to girls in person.

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