A rapist has been moved to a women-only prison after having gender reassignment surgery.

Jessica Winfield, formerly known as Martin Ponting, was relocated to HMP Bronzefield in Ashford, Surrey.

The convicted rapist was previously held at top security Whitemoor prison in Cambridgeshire, where she was serving a life sentence.

Before her gender reassignment, Winfield complained of being victimised for being a transsexual.

Ten years ago, she wrote to prisoners’ newspaper Inside Time to say she was given a “hard time because of my sexuality, possibly through lack of understanding and empathy”.

At the time she wrote: “I have changed my name to that of a female to prove to the authorities and everyone concerned that I am very serious about my gender and that I do not feel right being a man.”

But one of Ponting’s victims has described the fact her attacker was allowed a sex change as “diabolical”.

She told the Sun newspaper: “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.”

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SOURCE: BBC