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Gayle Newland: Woman who posed as man in sex assaults appeals against conviction

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Image caption Gayle Newland claimed she and her former friend were engaging in consensual role play and fantasy

A woman who was jailed after posing as a man to dupe a friend into having sex with her has lodged an appeal against her conviction.

Gayle Newland was jailed for eight years last week after being convicted of three sexual assault charges.

The 25-year-old, of Willaston, Cheshire, demanded the other woman used a blindfold when they met and used a prosthetic penis during the assaults.

Her appeal will be heard before judges at London's Court of Appeal.

However, although she is appealing against her conviction, the court confirmed she is yet to challenge her jail term.

A High Court judge will consider her case and, if successful, it will then progress to a panel of three judges.

They could decide to refuse the appeal, quash the guilty verdicts or order a retrial.

During Newland's four-day trial earlier this year, Chester Crown Court heard Newland and her victim spent more than 100 hours in each other's company in hotels and the victim's flat.

She only realised the deception after ripping off her blindfold and finding Newland before her.

Newland had fooled her victim by posing as a man called Kye Fortune via a bogus Facebook account, wearing an elaborate disguise and insisting she wore a blindfold throughout the meetings.

But Newland claimed her accuser was fully aware she was a woman and that they both struggled with their sexuality.

She maintained the pair were engaged in consensual "role play" and "fantasy".

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