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Transgender woman could get home detention

in NEW ZEALAND, 13/10/2012

A Whangarei judge may allow a transgender woman to be sentenced to home detention because of the risk she faces of abuse in prison. Glen Cooper pleaded guilty to a charge of wounding with intent to injure in the Whangarei District Court late last month.

She was charged following an incident in January where she struck a man on the head with a wine bottle during an argument, and is remanded in custody at an all-male prison.

Ms Cooper's lawyer Kelly Ellis told NZ Newswire on Thursday that Judge Duncan Harvey has indicated he will recognise that her client's transgender status will allow a 10 to 15 per cent discount on a prison sentence.

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