What a fascinating case.
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 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 two then had sex, with Newland using a prosthetic penis without the alleged victim’s knowledge, it was heard yesterday.
So the victim willingly had sex with Newland and even agreed to being be blindfolded throughout the encounter, but says she was raped because her paramour ended up being a woman. I think the victim has a case for fraud, but not rape.