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

Gayle Newland, of Willaston, Cheshire, created a “disturbingly complex” online persona to achieve her own “bizarre sexual satisfaction”, carrying on the deceit for more than two years.

The 27-year-old was found guilty at a retrial at Manchester Crown Court in June of committing sexual assault by penetration, using a prosthetic penis without her blindfolded victim’s consent.

Newland sobbed and slumped to the floor of the dock as sentence was handed down on Thursday.

She was originally jailed for eight years in November 2015 after she was convicted of the same offences.

But the conviction was later quashed on the grounds that the trial judge’s summing up of the case was not fair and balanced.

The “deceitful and crafty” 27-year-old used one fake identity to create a Facebook account and pose as a half-Filipino half-Latino man called Kye Fortune, reports the Mirror.

Over a two year period, Newland developed an online relationship with the victim, also in her 20s, under this name.

She lowered her voice when they spoke on the phone and used pictures of an American man on her Facebook page to give ‘Kye’ a physical identity.

And when the pair eventually met up, Newland told the victim to wear a blindfold because she was insecure about her appearance.

The victim only discovered she was having sex with Newland, and not her boyfriend ‘Kye’, when she took off the mask during one of their 15 sexual encounters.

Sentencing Newland today, Judge David Stockdale QC said the offences demonstrate “an extraordinary degree of cunning and a chilling desire to manipulate and control the lives of others”.

Newland grabbed hold of the dock’s glass panels and screamed ‘no’ when her sentence was read.

While shaking her head and crying, the 27-year-old looked up at family members in the public gallery, who shouted words of comfort and blew kisses.

She received a six year sentence for sexual assault and a six month sentence, to run consecutively, for fraud.

Newland must remain on the sex offender’s register for life.

She is also subject to a lifelong sexual harm prevention order.

During sentencing remarks, he said: “In June 29 this year the jury by a majority of 11-1 found you guilty of counts one, two and three on the indictment, all three were sexual assaults by penetration.

“She did not consent to these invasive acts of penetration because her willing compliance with your abusive behaviour was obtained by a deceit.

“This was a deceit of such subtlety and cunning in its planning, and was a deceit from your point of view so successful in its execution, that an outsider to this case might find the facts difficult to comprehend.

“But in this case the truth, the whole truth, is as surprising as it is profoundly disturbing.

“It is difficult to conceive of a deceit so degrading or a deceit so damaging to the victim on its discovery.”

Birmingham mail

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