Outrage As Double Rapist Moves to Women’s Prison After Sex Change Treatment

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By Heat Street Staff | 4:17 am, March 21, 2017

A convicted rapist who is in line for a publicly-funded sex change operation has been moved to a women’s jail.

Father-of-three Martin Ponting, who has started hormone treatment, was jailed for life in 1995 after attacking two girls. He was serving his sentence at the high security men’s jail HM Prison Whitemoor in Cambridgeshire, eastern England.

Having decided to live as a woman, Ponting, now 50 years old, has been granted a gender recognition certificate by a doctor – which is necessary for an acquired gender to be legally recognised.

The inmate is now on the way to being eligible for a £10,000 ($12,500) sex change operation courtesy of British taxpayers. Ponting now goes by the name Jessica Winfield. He changed his name at least a decade ago.

According to The Sun, Winfield is currently serving time in the women’s jail HM Prison Bronzefield in Surrey and is hoping to be released this year.

One of Winfield’s victims told The Sun: “He may have changed physically but his brain is still the same. To assume the identity of a woman after what he did is a kick in the teeth. There are not enough words to describe him and the evil he has done. It is diabolical they have allowed him to have a sex change and diabolical that he could be freed this year. He may have changed physically but his brain is still the same. You can change somebody’s genitals but it’s not going to take away the urge and impulse inside them to do horrific things to children. I feel like it mocks the people he offended against. It is a kick in the teeth for me and his other victim.”

Transgender prisoners in the UK have been allowed to apply for publicly-funded gender surgery since 1999.

Winfield’s brother Nigel, 49, said: “The best they could do is throw away the key. He is a menace to the public and people need to be warned about him.”

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