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Woman who posed as man to have sex with friend jailed for eight years

Gayle Newland was sentenced today. Credit: PA Wire

A woman who duped her female friend into having sex by pretending to be a man has been jailed for eight years.

Gayle Newland, 25, carried up the pretence for two years by disguising her voice and appearance and persuading her lover wear a blindfold when they met up.

She was found guilty of three counts of sexual assault at Chester Crown Court.

Judge Roger Dutton said Newland's actions were a "callous breach of trust your friend had in you".

He branded her an "intelligent, obsessional, highly manipulative, deceitful, scheming and thoroughly determined young woman".

The crime

Newland first contacted the complainant though Facebook in 2011 under the name Kye Fortune, purporting to be a half-Filipino, half-Latino man.

They spoke online and 'Kye' told her he was recovering from injuries sustained in a car accident and a brain tumour.

Kye said he was not well enough to see the complainant but the pair spoke frequently on the phone, but she noticed his voice was "high-pitched".

During this time the victim met Newland, who became a "really good friend", and told her she knew Kye.

Kye and the complainant eventually met at a hotel in Chester in February 2013 - the only stipulation being that she wear a blindfold as he did not want her to see his scars.

The pair met up again, having sex about 10 times and even getting engaged, until the complainant ripped off the mask and saw Newland wearing a prosthetic penis.

Newland contacted her victim on Facebook pretending to be a man called Kye Fortune. Credit: PA

How Newland was caught out

The pair were at the victim's house when she finally discovered the truth.

She told police: "We were having sex and I grabbed for the back of his head and my hand got caught on something. It did not feel right.

"I was sat on the bed, he was standing up. Something in my mind said 'pull it (the blindfold) off, pull it off'.

"Gayle was just standing there. I just couldn't believe it.

"Straight away she held her hand down over her face and said 'it's not what you think'."

Chester Crown Court where Newland was jailed for eight years. Credit: PA

Newland's story

Newland claimed the complainant "knew from the get-go" she was a woman and only pretended to be a man as part of role play as they "struggled to accept their sexuality".

She admitted creating a fake Facebook profile in the name of Kye, which she had since she was 13 so she could talk to girls.

But she said she explained this to the defendant, who played along with her online persona.

Newland denied strapping bandages to her chest to disguise her appearance when they met as "boyfriend and girlfriend" and said the complainant never wore a mask during sex.

And she claimed it was the complainant who asked her to buy a prosthetic penis online.

A couple of days before the pair last had sex, Newland said she told the complainant she was going to "come out" to her parents.

She claims her girlfriend "switched" and told her to get out and that she didn't want anything to do with her.

Newland then tried to take her own life by jumping off a canal bridge because she said she was "broken-hearted in every sense".

But in texts to the victim, Newland apologised for the lies she had told, saying she "did not deserve this", and that she, Newland, would "pay for it".

She also sent numerous emails after the mask was ripped off apologising for what she had done.

In court, she told a jury the only reason she could see for her girlfriend going to police was that she "couldn't cope with her sexuality".

The victim's story

The victim, 25, said she thought she was in love with 'Kye' and that it became "normal" for her to wear a mask in his presence.

In hindsight, she told a court she wished she had taken the mask off sooner but was "just so desperate to be loved".

And despite Newland's claim the complainant was gay, she denied being "into girls".