A transgender prisoner has been ordered to serve her sentence in a men’s prison, not on home detention as requested.
Glen Cooper was sentenced to two years and one month in jail after she earlier pleaded guilty to a charge of wounding with intent to injure on January 17 this year.
In the Whangarei District Court today Judge Duncan Harvey gave Cooper a 15 per cent sentencing reduction in recognition of the difficulties she would have in serving her time in a men’s prison.
She was also given a 15 per cent reduction for the early guilty plea.
Lawyer Kelly Ellis had, at a sentence indication hearing, appealed to Judge Harvey to consider a sentence less than two years that would enable Cooper to serve her time on home detention.
Ms Ellis submitted if Cooper went to jail in a men’s prison, she would be in significant danger and at great risk of abuse.
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