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Liverpool Trans woman assault: Attacker detained
Date: Tuesday 13th January 2015

A transgender woman was attacked as she wore women's clothes in public the first time on her own, a court heard.

Ryan Kenny, 20 of Bridge Street, Birkenhead, admitted hitting the 25-year-old with her wig, stealing her handbag and punching her repeatedly while asking if she wanted to die.

He was given 20 months' detention in a young offenders' institution.

Judge Brian Lewis told Liverpool Crown Court it was a "disgraceful attack" on a "vulnerable" victim.

The woman was returning home from attending a support group.

Police said previously she attended the group meetings with a friend who dropped out that night, but she felt confident enough to go alone.

The court heard Kenny followed her out of Liverpool Lime Street station in March and later joked with a friend about about what he had done.

Judge Brian Lewis said the victim had only been targeted because she was transgender.

The woman, who cannot be named, reported the incident to Merseyside Police who worked with British Transport Police to trace the attacker.

A police spokesman said: "Throughout the case detectives from our anti hate crime unit stayed in touch with the victim and met with her repeatedly to explain what was going on and how the court process worked.

"This ensured that she stayed in the process and did not withdraw her complaint against Kenny."

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