A transgender woman was sentenced on Tuesday to eight years in prison in Scotland for two rapes committed before she transitioned, a case that sparked controversy over whether she should serve her sentence in a men's or women's prison.
Coming just after the adoption of a disputed law facilitating the change of genders, this controversy had contributed to weakening the ex-prime minister Nicola Sturgeon, who announced her resignation two weeks ago, highlighting her lack of "
' to complete his term.
Controversial choice of prison
Isla Bryson, 31, formerly Adam Graham, was convicted last month of raping two women in 2016 and 2019 before she transitioned to womanhood.
During the trial, she had denied the rapes, speaking of consensual sex.
His eight-year prison sentence is accompanied by an additional three years of parole.
Her temporary incarceration in a women's institution had sparked outrage among the Scottish and British public and political class, with some concerned for the safety of other prisoners, amid a broader UK context of heated rights debates. transgender people.
The Scottish authorities had finally decided that she would serve her sentence in a prison for men, in which she had since waited to know her sentence.
This case came at a time when London had just blocked a law passed in Scotland to facilitate the recognition of gender change, allowing it without medical advice and from the age of 16.
Feminist activists had notably criticized the fact that this law could be a means for sexual predators to access places reserved for women, despite the guarantees provided by the text.
Next Scottish Prime Minister
Of the three Scottish Independence Party (SNP) candidates to succeed Nicola Sturgeon, current Finance Minister Kate Forbes and former Minister Ash Regan were opposed to the law, while Health Minister Humza Yousaf had supported.
Isla Bryton, who began her transition two years ago, is now on hormone therapy and wants to undergo surgery to complete her process, it was said during her trial.