- Publish Date
- Wednesday, 9 September 2015, 6:25PM
A woman told police of her disbelief when she discovered that her "boyfriend" of two years was a female friend, a jury has heard.
The woman said she thought she was having sex with a man called Kye Fortune, who was recovering from a brain tumour and did not want her to see his scars.
She claims she eventually discovered the truth - that it was in fact her 25-year-old friend Gayle Newland, who had persuaded her to wear a blindfold throughout their sexual encounters in which a prosthetic was used.
Newland denies five counts of sexual assault between Feb and June 2013.
The court heard the alleged victim received a Facebook friend request in 2011 from a Kye Fortune who purported to be a half-Filipino, half-Latino young man.
They talked online and "Kye" later told her he had been involved in a car accident before medics found he had a brain tumour. He had treatment in hospital and was not well enough to see her said the complainant.
The pair allegedly spoke regularly on the phone where the complainant described Kye's voice as "high-pitched".
The complainant told the interviewing officer: "He was saying how much I had helped him get through his illness. (He said) it was a sign, we should get married, we should have kids, we were going to do all sorts of things."
During this time, the complainant said she met Newland - who became a "really good friend" and said she knew Kye. Eventually, the complainant and Kye decided to finally meet in person at a Chester hotel, the jury heard.
She told police the only stipulation that Kye made was that she wear a blindfold because he was "anxious about the way he looked" and "could not walk properly" due to nerve and muscle damage.
The woman said "Kye" was in the bathroom when she entered the hotel room and the bed was covered with rose petals and Hello Kitty bears.
The complainant said she put on the blindfold of a sleeping mask and scarf and that a "shaking Kye" came in and said he had signed himself out of a private hospital in Manchester.
The pair then had sex, she alleges, in which Newland is alleged to have used a prosthetic penis before "Kye" said he had to return to hospital.
More hotel visits took place where she said the pair had sex. "Kye" eventually visited her flat and finally uncovered the truth, the court heard.
Describing what she said was their last sexual encounter before she went to the police, she said: "When I was having sex I grabbed for the back of his head and my hand got caught on something. It did not feel right.
"I was sat on the bed, he was standing up. Something in my mind said 'pull it (the blindfold) off, pull it off'. I just pulled it off. Gayle was just standing there... I just couldn't believe it, I couldn't believe it. Straight away she held her hand down over her face and said 'it's not what you think'."
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