Woman duped into sex with masked ‘man’

A blindfolded woman who says she was duped into having sex with a male impersonator said they also sunbathed and watched television together with her mask still on, a jury heard.

The complainant says she thought she had sex on a number of occasions with a man called Kye Fortune, who said he was recovering from a brain tumour and did not want her to see his scars.

She claims she eventually discovered it was in fact her friend, 25-year-old Gayle Newland, who had persuaded her to wear a blindfold throughout their sexual encounters in which a prosthetic penis was used.

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

The court heard that in 2011, the alleged victim received a Facebook friend request from a Kye Fortune who purported to be a half-Filipino, half-Latino athletic young male.

They communicated online and “Kye” later told her he had been involved in a car accident and medics had found he had a brain tumour.

He said he was having treatment in hospital and was not well enough to see her, but they often spoke on the phone and became engaged before they finally decided to meet up, it is alleged.

Giving evidence, the complainant, who cannot be named, recalled they met up at hotels in Chester and at her flat but at all times she was made to wear a makeshift blindfold because of Kye’s insecurities.

She agreed with Nigel Power, representing Newland, that they spent at least 100 hours in each other’s company before she said she “ripped off” her blindfold and discovered she had been sleeping with a woman.

Asked how they spent their time together, she said they would sometimes watch a film on television.

“I would not say watch because I had a mask and scarf on. I heard a film.”

Mr Power said: “There was Kye, the love of your life, your fiancé, making you sit through a film for over an hour-and-a-half and you could not see?”

She replied: “Throughout the film we were talking, we were kissing, we were cuddling, it felt nice.”

Mr Power said: “It is just not true, is it, that you watched a film with Kye which you could not see?”

The witness said: “Every time I met up with Kye Fortune I either had the mask on already or he would wait outside the door and I would put it on. I was so desperate to be loved. It’s pathetic, so desperate for love, so desperate.

“We were just lying there, just cuddling, sometimes we would watch films, sometimes we would just talk. It sounds stupid to say but it was a proper relationship, just normal.”

Mr Power said: “I am not going to suggest for a moment that there have not been difficulties in your life before you met Gayle but it is just not normal to spend hours in your flat with your boyfriend watching television when you cannot see what is on the screen. That is not normal by anyone’s standards.”

The complainant replied: “For us, that was what was normal. In hindsight I wish I had ripped that mask off sooner. There was nothing wrong with me laying there listening to the heartbeat of the man I loved.”

Mr Power said: “You know you were with a woman and you knew it was Gayle but you could not bring yourself to tell the police that was the truth?”

She said: “Since the first time I wrote to this person on Facebook, I thought it was a male.

“The first time I agreed to meet this person and agreed to have sex with them, I thought it was a male.

“I told my friends I was engaged to a guy. I told my work colleagues. I was happy, so happy, it was my turn to be happy, it was my turn to be in a relationship.”

Mr Power suggested she must have known a prosthetic penis was being used during sex.

The witness replied: “If I had realised, there would be no way I would have slept with Gayle again and again. If I had any inkling I was not making love with a man there is no way I would have met her again and let her do it again and again.”

The complainant became tearful in the witness box when she viewed a replica of the prosthetic penis presented in a box to her. Asked if she recognised it, she said: “I’m not a dildo expert. I can only say what I saw when I took the mask off.”

Mr Power said: “Are you really telling the truth?”

The witness said: “I don’t believe that anyone in their right mind would make this up. I’m telling you the 110% truth. I thought it was a relationship with a guy. I thought I was having sex with a guy.”


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