A TRANS woman has been convicted of rape and remanded to a male prison.
Davina Ayrton, 34, was found guilty today of raping a 15-year-old schoolgirl in 2004 in Portsmouth while still a man aged 23.
I would therefore have to remand in custody, it will have to be a male prison in Winchester but it will be an issue for the prison serviceJudge Ian Pearson
Portsmouth Crown Court heard Ayrton raped the girl in a garage in the autumn.
Adjourning the case judge Ian Pearson said: ‘I’m going to have to remand in custody if I were to release you on bail there are substantial grounds to believe that she would be a risk to herself and a risk of failing to attend for whatever reason.
‘I would therefore have to remand in custody, it will have to be a male prison in Winchester but it will be an issue for the prison service.’
Ayrton, who has not had a sex change, is due to be sentenced on Mach 4.
The court heard she previously attempted suicide last summer.
A court official said the prison service has procedures in place, in relation to Ayrton’s gender.
Ayrton, who lives at Heywood Sumner House care home in Fordingbridge, had denied the charge and her defence claimed a confession to a support worker was made up.
The court heard Ayrton has a previous conviction for indecent images of children.