Today, a transgender was found guilty of committing rape on two defenceless women while living as a man.
Isla Bryson was known as Adam Graham when she committed the horrific sex assaults in 2016 and 2019 after meeting the victims online.
The 31-year-old, who claimed to have had gender identity difficulties since the age of four and who started transitioning from male to female in 2020, refuted the allegations. She told the jury that all sexual activity was consensual, but claimed she disliked sleeping with women.
In 2016, the first victim described repeatedly saying ‘no’ while her ‘muscular’ attacker raped her as he lay near her in bed. At 2019, a second woman was raped in an apartment where they were set to watch Mean Girls.
Following a trial at the High Court in Glasgow, Bryson was convicted guilty of the two alleged rapes today. In her denial, she said that she “would never hurt another human being.”
Bryson was on bail, but judge Lord Scott remanded him to jail until his sentence on February 28 in Stirling. It is still unknown if she is being held in a male or female prison.
She had initially appeared in court in July 2019 as Adam Graham with a facial tattoo resembling Mike Tyson. In court documents from 2020, the rapist was then identified as Annie Bryson.
This was about the time Bryson told jurors she initially decided to ‘transition’ from a man to a woman.
At this trial, she was known as Isla Bryson, and jurors were informed that Adam Graham was now her “dead name,” or the name a transgender person is given at birth but abandons upon transitioning.
She assaulted the first victim at a Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire apartment after meeting him on the dating website Badoo under the alias Adam.
This occurred soon following the dissolution of Bryson’s marriage to a woman.
Bryson said in her testimony that she had basically used the 30-year-old as a place to reside.
However, the victim said that she was “head over heels in love” with Adam. Adam moved from ‘caring’ to jumping into a fury over petty stuff, causing her to suffer.
On September 16, 2016, the rape happened after Bryson locks the door and climbs into bed with the victim.
In pre-recorded testimony played to jurors, the victim said: ‘I thought Adam had came for a cuddle and – at that moment – everything felt weird and wrong.
‘I did not know what was going on.’
The woman reported saying “no” many times as a “muscular” Adam forcibly seized her.
The horror finally stopped when the victim’s mother switched on the hallway light.
On June 27, 2019, a second woman was raped at a Drumchapel, Glasgow, apartment.
Bryson told the jury that she and the 34-year-old had discussed their’sexuality issues’ after meeting on the social networking site Bigo.
The court heard the two planned to see the film Mean Girls together at their apartment.
The woman described feeling “crushed” when the perpetrator, whom she identified as Adam, forced himself on her.
She stated: ‘I told him to stop and he did not. He kept going. That is when I closed my eyes and let him do what he wanted to do.’
In her own evidence, Bryson – who said she was ‘scared’ in the witness box – often became emotional as she refuted the charges.
She said: ‘I would never do that. I would never hurt any woman.’
Bryson did admit ‘cheating’ on the first victim adding: ‘She loved me. It kills me because I hurt her like that.’
Regarding sexual contact with the second woman, she told jurors: ‘I did not make the first move. I can assure you.’
Bryson’s lawyer had also asked her today about her gender issues. Bryson said she was first aware of this when she was four.
She told jurors: ‘I was always hanging about with the girls and always doing make up.’
Bryson said that she made the choice to ‘transition’ from male to female in 2020, after she was initially charged with rape.
She has had hormone therapy and is expecting more.
When asked about surgery, Bryson said, “I want all the surgery the NHS can provide.”
John Keenan KC, the prosecutor, said after the judgement that the initial rape incident was reported to police in 2016, but that there were no additional “proceedings” at that time.
Lord Scott postponed Bryson’s sentence until February 28 in Stirling.
She has never been incarcerated despite having three convictions at the summary level, none of which were for sexual offences.
But, the judge told her: ‘You have been convicted of two extremely serious charges.
‘Given what you have been convicted of, a a significant custodial sentence is inevitable.
‘I will revoke bail and remand you in custody meantime.’
Each day, Bryson had arrived with a large suitcase. The media and public were required to see proceedings from a separate viewing room inside the courthouse.
A prior trial was dismissed because Bryson reported feeling ill after having her portrait taken at the courthouse.