Transgender woman found guilty of rape as a man in Glasgow court

A transgender woman was found guilty of raping two women when she was a man.

Isla Bryson attacked the victims before she became female and was known as Adam Graham.

At a hearing in Glasgow’s Supreme Court, it was heard that Bryson raped a woman in Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire in 2016 and a woman in Drumchapel, Glasgow in 2019.

She met both of her victims online, after prosecutors said she was “hunting” defenseless women.

Clydebank’s Bryson denied the charges, telling the court he would “never hurt another human being”. However, the jury found him guilty on both counts of rape.

Addressing Bryson, 31, on Tuesday, judge Lord Scott said, “You have been convicted by the jury on two very serious charges, one of which is rape.”

He told her that the crimes were “significant” and that “significant punishment was inevitable”.

Bryson’s bail was revoked and he was detained until 28 February to allow Lord Scott to gather “as much information as possible” on him before deciding on his sentence.

The court heard that Bryson suffered the collapse of an unhappy, brief marriage when she went to stay at her mother’s house in Clydebank with her first victim in 2016.

On the night of the rape, Bryson was said to have locked the door of the victim’s bedroom in an “unusual” way.

While testifying, the 30-year-old victim said: “I said ‘no’ over and over again.

“I was so scared back then. I was nauseous. I just didn’t know what was going on.”

He said Bryson later threatened to hurt his family if he told anyone.

The second victim told the court that Bryson continued to have sex with her after she said stop.

The 34-year-old told the court: “I said stop but he (Bryson) kept going and that’s when I closed my eyes and did what he wanted to do.”

In his own statement, Bryson claimed that both women consented to have sex.

She said she knew she was transgender at the age of four, but didn’t make the transition decision until she was 29. She is currently taking hormones and is seeking surgery to complete the gender transition, she.

In 2016, she said she was “struggling with my sexuality and having issues emotionally”.

The court heard that there were three “minor” convictions on Bryson’s record, but none of them required jail time.

Sky News understood that Bryson was being held at the Cornton Vale women’s prison in Stirling, but not with the prison’s general population.

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