A thief who assaulted and stole thousands from a vulnerable neighbour has dodged jail because he is transitioning.
Judge Robert Linford told Truro Crown Court the 'extremely unusual' decision was made because the 26-year-old would currently have to be held at a women's prison.
Andrew's defence barrister argued this would affect his mental health and delay the process of his transition by months, if not years.
It's a woman. That's why she has to be held at a woman's prison.
Prosecutor Katie Churcher said Andrew came up with a litany of reasons why he needed the money from his neighbour, who was said to be vulnerable. These included needing a locksmith, a train fare, a medical emergency and moving to Manchester.
Andrew was actually funding a drug addiction, buying cannabis and cocaine, and settling debts with dealers.
So many of these cases hinge on drugs, don't they? Is anyone looking into a connection?