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Transgender woman pleads to avoid male jail

in NEW ZEALAND, 13/10/2012

A transgender woman who struck a man over the head with a bottle of sparkling wine has pleaded with a judge not to send her to a men's prison. The accused's lawyer has asked for a reduced sentence to allow her client to serve her sentence at home because she faces great risk of abuse if jailed alongside male inmates.

Lawyer Kelly Ellis made the submission to Judge Duncan Harvey in the Whangarei District Court after Glen Cooper pleaded guilty to a charge of wounding with intent to injure stemming from an incident on January 17.

Ms Ellis said transgender is a recognised medical condition, which can require a variety of treatment options.  To qualify for home detention, the sentence the judge imposed would have to be under two years. 

Cooper was remanded in custody until November 23 for sentencing.

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