This woman found a friend on Facebook who pretended to be a man. They later hooked up and was raped by her friend with a prosthetic penis. Pictured above is her friend who disguised as a man.
A 25-year-old woman who was allegedly assaulted by a female friend using a prosthetic penis today told a court she would have ‘preferred’ to have been raped by a man.
Gayle Newland, 25, is said to have befriended the alleged victim by posing on Facebook as a man named ‘Kye Fortune’. The couple grew close and later had sex in hotels in Chester, Cheshire.
Newland allegedly bound her chest and wore a woolly hat and swimsuit to disguise her appearance, telling the woman he was self-conscious about ‘his’ appearance after hospital treatment.
The alleged victim today told Chester Crown Court she felt ‘sickened’ when she realised her boyfriend was in fact Newland.
The two women, both then students at the University of Chester, became friends at around the same time the alleged victim had met Kye, the court heard.
Her pre-recorded video interview and witness impact statement were played to the court and she appeared via videolink to answer questions from Judge Roger Dutton.
Newland set up a Facebook profile under the alias and sent the alleged victim a friend request in 2011, telling her that he knew of her through a mutual friend, the court heard yesterday.
As their relationship developed, the alleged victim made a number of requests to meet in person, but each was met by Kye with ‘repeated excuses’.
And during their telephone conversations, Kye is said to have dismissed his high-pitched voice as a result of his Filipino heritage.
When the couple finally met at The Dene Hotel, Chester, on February 22, 2013, Newland, posing as Kye, is said to have insisted the alleged victim wore a blindfold, claiming he was insecure about his appearance following an accident.
The Dene Hotel, Chester, where the couple met
The two then had sex, with Newland using a prosthetic penis without the alleged victim’s knowledge, it was heard yesterday.
The prosecution said that ‘at no time’ did the woman consent to sex with the use of a prosthetic and in so doing, ‘the defendant sexually assaulted’ her.
The alleged victim later met ‘him’ at her flat on June 30 and the couple had sex again but this time she became suspicious and removed her blindfold for the first time.
Newland, of Cheshire, denies five counts of sexual assault which are alleged to have taken place between February and June, 2013, when they were both students at the University of Chester.
Today the victim admitted ‘Kye’s’ behaviour had been ‘strange’ but said she was made to feel insecure by him and so was grateful to meet up and happy to wear a blindfold.
She said: ‘Something hadn’t felt right that time that he came round. I was sat on the bed and something told me to pull my blindfold off.’
When the alleged victim removed the blindfold she saw Newland. ‘She pulled her hat down over her face and said ‘it’s not what you think’,’ she told the court.
The woman said she now feels like ‘Kye’ has died.Newland, pictured being ushered into court this morning, allegedly bound her chest and wore a woolly hat and swimsuit to disguise her appearance, telling the woman he was self-conscious about ‘his’ appearance.
She added: ‘I was just so shocked I let this person into my life and shared my deepest darkest secrets with him.
‘When you Googled him it came up with a Twitter account, Facebook account, a Bebo account from years ago. He seemed like a feasible person, they all seemed like feasible accounts.
‘I had no reason to believe this person wasn’t who they said they were. I genuinely believe that if I didn’t find out that day, this would still be going on now.
‘I’m still in shock now that I allowed myself to go through it. Coincidences keep flashing in front of me, like how Gayle and Kye shared the same birthday.’
The week before the last alleged assault, the victim claims she told ‘Kye’ she did not want to see him anymore but this was met with the threat of suicide.
She said: ‘He said we both needed each other. He threatened to kill himself. He said ‘I couldn’t be happy with anyone else’ and that he’d make sure of it.’
The court heard how Newland allegedly wore bandages around her chest – claiming it was to protect a heart monitor – and also wore a swimming costume under her clothes.
The victim even claimed she would rather have been raped by a man than have experienced Newland’s alleged attack, saying she ‘doesn’t go for girls’.
She told the court: ‘People get raped by males and it sounds sick but I think I’d prefer it. I just think of all the stuff I let her do to me, like foreplay, and it makes me feel sick.’Earlier, the court heard how the alleged victim had agreed to follow ‘rules’ which included not touching Kye’s ‘penis’ and wearing a blindfold but ‘believed she was having sex with a male’.
Newland claims that her alleged victim knew she was in fact a woman and that they were both ‘going along with some sort of fantasy’ that she was Kye, the court was told yesterday.
Chester Crown Court heard how ‘Kye’ and the alleged victim exchanged 1,859 messages and called each other hundreds of times over a 20-day period in March 2013.
Newland’s defence, Nigel Power, alleged that straight after the one phone call with Newland the victim spoke to Kye, and asked how she did not notice the similarity in their voices.
The alleged victim responded: ‘They had really similar accents, his was just a bit deeper.’
She said ’90 per cent’ of her conversations with Newland were about Kye. ‘We were friends but we weren’t best friends,’ she added.
But Mr Power showed the court Facebook posts which he said proved the alleged victim and Newland had been extremely close and had met each other’s families.
He told her: ‘You are playing down your relationship with Gayle.’
The alleged victim said: ‘I was really vulnerable for love. It was probably my own fault for being so stupid and needy.’
The trial continues.
Culled From: DailyMail UK