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Transgender woman, 31, found guilty of rape moved to male prison

A transgender woman convicted of raping two women is being moved to a male prison.

The announcement came a matter of hours after Nicola Sturgeon confirmed she would not be held in Scotland’s only all-female jail.

A row had emerged over where Isla Bryson, 31, from Clydebank, should be imprisoned after being found guilty of two rapes carried out when she was a man.

Bryson was taken to Cornton Vale women’s prison in Stirling – a site which is set to close – after being convicted on Tuesday.

The transfer to the male prison is expected to be completed on Thursday.

Speaking during First Minister’s Questions at Holyrood, Ms Sturgeon said a risk assessment was being carried out by the Scottish Prison Service (SPS), but she stressed Bryson would not be housed at Cornton Vale.

She said: ‘It would not be appropriate for me, in respect of any prisoner, to give details of where they are being incarcerated.

‘But given the understandable public and parliamentary concern in this case, I can confirm to Parliament that this prisoner will not be incarcerated at Cornton Vale women’s prison.

‘I hope that provides assurance to the public.’

The case was raised by Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross, who questioned why Bryson had initially been placed in the female-only jail after being remanded into custody prior to sentencing.

Branding Bryson a ‘beast’, Mr Ross said: ‘This double rapist only decided to change gender after he was charged by the police.

‘It took the threat of jail for this criminal to decide to change his gender. That’s not a coincidence, that is a conscious decision.

‘We think it is wrong that a rapist is sent to a women’s prison. We believe a rapist having access to a women’s single-sex space is a threat.’

Bryson was on Tuesday found guilty of raping one woman in Clydebank in 2016 and another in Drumchapel, Glasgow, in 2019, following a trial at the High Court in Glasgow.

Her estranged wife, Shonna Graham, 31, claimed her former partner’s transition was a ‘sham for attention’ and that she is attempting to fool the authorities.

‘Never once did he say anything to me about feeling he was in the wrong body or anything,’ she told the Daily Mail.


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