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Ethics – Transgender rape

June 2017

A man who self-declared as a woman has been charged with two counts of rape against a man. Katie Brannen, formerly Gavin Brannen, of Newcastle, is set to face trial in December 2017.

According to reports in The Independent, Brannen appeared in Newcastle Crown Court accused of two offences of rape, after allegedly attacking the man in January in South Shields. The 24-year-old from Newcastle spoke only to confirm the name of Katie Brannen during the hearing.

Barrister Gavin Doig indicated a not guilty plea and said he would be looking for a trial date. An approximate four-day trial was listed for 4 December and a review hearing scheduled for 25 September.