Transgender woman on trial in Glasgow accused of raping two women

One woman told the court that she repeatedly said “no” when she was allegedly raped by a man who now identifies as a trans woman.

The alleged victim told the High Court in Glasgow she was “very scared” and “didn’t understand what was going on”.

Isla Bryson, 31, is accused of raping two women, one in Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire in 2016 and one in Drumchapel, Glasgow in 2019.

He is also accused of telling an alleged victim to wash the sheets and threatening his family in order to disrupt justice.

Bryson denies the charges and has made specific defenses alleging that sex is consensual.

He also denies another charge of punching the alleged second victim.

In the agreed-upon evidence, it was accepted that Bryson now identifies as a transgender woman and was formerly known as Adam Graham.

‘I feel sick’

An alleged 30-year-old victim said she was raped while she was in bed at her mother’s home in Clydebank.

He told the court: “All I said was ‘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 the accused later threatened to harm his family if he told anyone.

The witness said they both fell asleep after the alleged rape and did not speak until the morning because she was “scared”.

Soon after, she denied that her mother had talked about redecorating her kitchen.

He also refused to initiate sexual contact with the accused and to kiss the accused good night after the alleged rape.

She said they spent the next day together and redecorated her mother’s kitchen.

The witness said he spoke to the police days after he told his sister.

‘I said stop’

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

The 34-year-old accused, whose name is DJ Blade, said they met on the social media application Bigo.

The day after their first meeting in June 2019, they were watching a drama at his home in Drumchapel.

He told the court that he suggested they watch TV in the bedroom and asked the defendant to wait until they put on their pajamas.

He said that the accused had taken off his clothes and the bottom of his pajamas to commit a sexual act with which he had consented, but that the accused had told him to stop while biting him.

The court heard from the police statement that he told her to stop because he “crushed” her during sex.

The statement said the defendant told him to “stay there” because he “did not finish”.

He told the court: “I said stop but he kept going and that’s when I closed my eyes and did what he wanted to do.”

The witness later said that he did not want to be in the same room as him, so he moved to another room.

He told the court that in the morning he accused him of looking at himself funny, punched him in the back, left bruises, and then left in a taxi.

The witness, cross-examined by defense attorney Edward Targowski KC, said he had consensual sex with the accused the day before the alleged rape.

She told him she had never had sex or been punched without her consent, both of which she denied.

She said, “I will never say there was no rape because I am telling you that he raped me that Thursday night.”

She said she “lied” to police about how she met the accused, and said they met at the Clydebank Mall when she asked for light, but later met in Bigo.

He said he did this because he didn’t want a family member to find out they met on social media.

He also denied that he had spoken to the accused about “sexuality issues”.

The trial in front of Judge Lord Scott continues.

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