UK — Weoley Castle, Birmingham. A 61-year-old male who was sent to men’s prison after pursuing a woman into the street and biting off her nose has put in a request for transfer to men’s prison.
According to testimony heard by Birmingham Crown Court, the attack was so brutal that surgeons had to graft part of her forehead onto her nose. The woman must undergo further surgeries, and has been receiving counseling for trauma resulting from the assault. She says her “life” and her “household” were left “destroyed” by the vicious attack.
Mr Gills pleaded guilty to Wounding With Intent, which carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. Maxine Styles argued that a “lengthy” jail sentence would impact on her client’s plans for “gender reassignment surgery.” Despite acknowledging that the attack was an “unwarranted, aggressive act of violence” that must have brought the survivor “unbearable pain,” Judge Avik Mukherjee sentenced the perpetrator to just four years in prison.
Mr Gills has put in a request to serve out his sentence in a women’s prison. The request is currently delayed due to the fact that Mr Gills does not have a Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC). A GRC is obtained from a panel after an individual has received a diagnosis of gender dysphoria from two doctors, and has been “living in their gender” for two years and vows to continue doing so until death.