January 2021

Transgender rapist – with anatomy of a man- jailed for 15 years

A transgender rapist “with a propensity to violence” – who identifies as a woman but is yet to undergo surgery- has been jailed for 15 years.  

Michelle Winter was referred to by female pronouns throughout a trial at Cambridge Crown Court; Winter has the anatomy of a man.  

Winter, 49, of Buttermel Close, Godmanchester, a transgender individual who identifies as a female but has not undergone surgery, raped the woman at the same address on May 16 last year.

The following day the victim spoke to officers, who noticed she was covered in bruises, and reported the attack. 

Police say they worked closely with staff at The Elms Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) to support the victim and build a case against Winter. 

The victim told police she still had nightmares about the incident and had since woken up screaming “get off me”. 

At Cambridge Crown Court on Friday, Winter was jailed for 15 years for charges of rape and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. 

In sentencing, Judge David Farrell described Winter as a dangerous individual, with a “clear propensity to violence”.