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Woman who said she did not know her boyfriend was female until having sex 'told her to buy fake penis', court told

Gayle Newland arrives at Chester Crown Court where she denies five counts of sexual assault between February and June 2013
Gayle Newland arrives at Chester Crown Court where she denies five counts of sexual assault between February and June 2013

A woman allegedly duped into having sex with a male impersonator while blindfolded knew from the "get-go" that she was sleeping with a female, her alleged attacker told a jury.

The complainant claims she had intercourse on a number of occasions with a man called Kye Fortune before she finally ripped her mask off and in disbelief saw her friend, Gayle Newland, wearing a prosthetic penis.

Newland, 25, told a court today though that the pair were engaging in role play and fantasy as they struggled to accept their sexuality.

She admitted creating a fake Facebook profile in the name of Kye but said she explained this to the defendant who played along with her online persona.

And she told a jury at Chester Crown Court that she never disguised her appearance when they met as "boyfriend and girlfriend" and the complainant never wore a mask during sex.

Newland took the online identity of Kye when she was aged 13 so she could speak to girls, and went on to create the Facebook profile two or three years later when she used photographs of an American man name Carlo from his Myspace page.

The defendant said she first met the complainant on a night out in Chester in 2011 and that the complainant added Kye Fortune as a Facebook friend days later.

Newland said: "She knew from the get-go that Kye was a girl.

"My main reason why I spoke as Kye was for her.

"I knew better than anyone for people not to know ... if she wanted to hide her sexuality I would allow her to do that.

"The second reason was I had spoken as Kye since I was 13.

"I was not confident enough to come out and say I was a lesbian."

The pair went on to communicate largely by phone but Newland denied changing her voice when the complainant would ring "Kye".

During this period, Kye "introduced" Newland to the complainant who met up in person and became friends themselves, the court has heard.

Nigel Power QC, defending Newland, asked her: "Was this some sort of role play or fantasy?"

The defendant replied: "I think it was a combination of both.

"Role play and I think sexual fantasy for herself, I think."

She said that Kye and herself shared the same birth date, both liked RnB music and "chick flicks", they had obsessive compulsive disorders and had a dog named Gypsy.

Newland said: "It was like an alter ego almost but the more comfortable it was the more these two people merged into exactly the same person, if that makes sense."

She said the complainant pushed for the eventual first meeting with "Kye" and it was her accuser's idea to create an elaborate story that Kye was not well enough to see her previously because she did not want to reveal Newland's identity to her family and friends.

Newland told the court that she had never had intimacy with a woman at that point and agreed to go to the complainant's flat as Kye in February 2013.

She said: "I felt it was the only way I could properly ... well I say properly ... be with her, like together.

"I would say girlfriend and girlfriend, but obviously boyfriend and girlfriend."

Mr Power asked: "Were you acting in the role as Kye?"

She replied: "To a degree but not really. It was not constant. It was like in and out."

Newland said the pair kissed and cuddled but did not have penetrative sex as the complainant alleges.

She then left the flat and drove off in her car which was parked outside, she said.

Newland, of Hooton Road, Willaston, is on trial at Chester Crown Court where she denies five counts of sexual assault between February and June 2013.

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