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Transgender sex beast found guilty of raping two women when she was still a man

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    A transgender woman has been found guilty of raping two women before she transitioned.

    Isla Bryson, 31, from Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire, met her victims online under her deadname, Adam Graham, with prosecutors saying she "preyed" on vulnerable women.

    The High Court in Glasgow found Bryson guilty of raping two women – one in 2016 and one in 2019 – following a six-day trial.

    Bryson denied both charges and said she "would never hurt another human being".

    Her defence added that she is now "vulnerable" and was "in no way a predatory male" at the time that the crimes were committed.

    Bryson, 31, told the court in evidence that she had known she was transgender when she was as young four but only made the decision to transition when she was 29.

    She added that she is currently taking hormones and seeking surgery as part of her gender reassignment process.

    She said in 2016, when the first rape was reportedly committed, that she was "struggling with my sexuality and having issues emotionally."

    Edward Targowski KC, defending Bryson, said the three main witnesses in the case were "vulnerable", adding: "That includes Isla Bryson."

    He said Bryson met her two victims separately via the internet and said they "are not the sort of people who go to pubs to socialise".

    He told the jury: "All witnesses used social media to find companionship, they use social media to make connections."

    Speaking of Bryson's gender reassignment, Mr Targowski added: "If you accept that evidence, that she is transitioning, that she is aiming to continue on that path to becoming female gender, that goes a long way to acquitting her of these charges."

    The defence added that in addition to her recent transition, Bryson's marriage had been breaking down in 2016 – around the time she met her first alleged victim.

    'If you look at the circumstances, you do not have a predatory male – you have somebody who is vulnerable," Mr Targowski said.

    "Her (Bryson's) evidence is a complete denial of rape, asserts that all sex was consenting.

    "Where I do take issue with the trial and advocate depute is that there is no way Isla Bryson could be described as a predatory male.

    "This is not the sort of case we are in."

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