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Jury continues deliberations in trial of woman accused of impersonating man to dupe her friend into sex

Kim Pilling

Published 15/09/2015 | 10:26

Gayle Newland arrives at Chester Crown Court where she denies five counts of sexual assault between February and June 2013
Gayle Newland arrives at Chester Crown Court where she denies five counts of sexual assault between February and June 2013

A jury in the trial of a woman accused of impersonating a man for two years to dupe her friend into sex has started its second day of deliberations.

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Gayle Newland, 25, allegedly wore bandages across her chest and a swimsuit, disguised her voice and demanded the other woman put on a blindfold throughout when they met up.

Gayle Newland
Gayle Newland

The complainant says they had sex on a number of occasions before she ripped off her mask and in disbelief saw Newland wearing a prosthetic penis.

Newland said her accuser, also aged 25, always knew she was pretending to be man as they engaged in roleplay while struggling with their sexuality, Chester Crown Court heard.

She denies any blindfold was worn during sex or concealing her appearance.

The defendant admits creating a bogus Facebook profile in the name of Kye Fortune but said her friend played along with her online male persona in 2011.

They went on to spend "hundreds" of hours talking on the telephone and more than 100 hours in each other's company in hotels and the complainant's flat.

These encounters in 2013, according to the complainant, included watching television and even sunbathing together while she remained blindfolded.

Newland, from Willaston, Cheshire, denies five counts of sexual assault between February and June 2013.

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