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Transgender person sent to men's jail

in WORLD, 21/12/2012

A Whangarei transgender person seeking treatment to become a woman has been sent to a men's prison to do time despite her pleas.

Glen Cooper was convicted on a serious assault charge and had asked to be sent to a women's prison, saying she suffered continual sexual assault when locked up with men.

Judge Duncan Harvey sentenced Cooper in the Whangarei District Court on Wednesday to two years and one month in jail.

Cooper's lawyer Kelly Ellis says the sentence was shorter than it might have been because the judge allowed a 15% discount in recognition of the harassment Cooper will face in prison, and the fact that she will be denied the hormone treatment she wants while in jail.

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