A violent transgender prisoner has sent letters begging friends to fund an expensive gender reassignment surgery so she can return to a female jail.
Karen White, previously known as David Thompson, is currently locked up in HMP Wakefield alongside some of Britain’s worst criminals, including Soham killer Ian Huntley.
She was sent to nearby New Hall prison for attacking a male neighbour with a steak knife claiming that he sexually assaulted her, when her dark past came to light.
White, still legally a man, was jailed for life in October for rape, sexual assault and wounding and sexually assaulted two vulnerable female inmates at New Hall where she wound up as a result of the attack on the 66-year-old neighbour.
In letters to friends from her cell in Wakefield, White said she is ‘longing for the day the system sends me – more like forced to send me – to a female prison again.’
White said she is worried about being too old for NHS treatment by the time she is released, so needs the private treatment so her life can be ‘complete.’
White complained that being in HMP Wakefield ‘doesn’t promote positivity’ before adding: ‘The only way I’m going to get out of here is if I was to have the operation soon then the system would have to move me to a female prison.’
Upon being sentenced for her sexual assaults in New Hall, Judge Christopher Batty called White a ‘highly manipulative predator’ who used her ‘female persona’ to get close to her victims.
White was also convicted in 2001 for two offences of indecent assault and gross indecency with a child of primary school age, and jailed for 18 months.
In the letters, White also spoke of the sheer joy of coming out as a woman in 2011.
‘I remember feeling as if I was on cloud 9, I felt brilliant and nothing could [touch] me, I looked good.’
She added that her surroundings don’t make her ‘feel good’, nor does dressing as a man.
White also said that she gets labelled a ‘freak’ and a ‘weirdo’ by other prisoners when she attempts to dress as a woman.
White, who must serve at least nine years, said that having a wig and some Avon makeup would make her feel better and that she hopes to be a ‘full woman’ by the time she is released.
She also complained that the prison has ‘taken away part of her identity’ by not allowing her to wear padded bras, which are a safety risk.
She said she’d be ‘forever in the debt’ of her friends if they funded the £25,000 operation.
Source: Daily Mail