Transgender killer held in women’s ward in Scottish prison demands gender reassignment surgery funded by British taxpayers ‘to feel comfortable in the shower’
- In 2013, Paris Green beat a 45-year-old man to death with a rolling pin
- Ten years later, the killer said if she had been born female, she wouldn’t have done it
A transgender killer currently serving a life sentence for a grisly murder has announced she has applied for gender reassignment from the NHS – and hopes to become the first British prisoner to undergo full gender reassignment surgery while in prison.
Paris Green, 30, who is reportedly in the women’s ward at HMP Edinburgh, has said the procedure would make her ‘more comfortable in the shower’.
Born Peter Laing, Green began taking hormones in 2011 — two years before she and two accomplices tied up and beat 45-year-old Robert Shankland to death.
Green has long maintained that her goal is to have the full surgery and even met with a surgeon in March 2020.
However, due to the pandemic and the doctor’s doubts about the safety of other patients at the Nuffield Center in Brighton due to the nature of her offence, her application was terminated.
30-year-old transgender killer Paris Green has said she wants sex reassignment surgery to feel comfortable in the shower
Robert Shankland, 45, was tied up and beaten to death by Green and her accomplices
Green is reportedly housed in the Women’s Section of HMP Edinburgh
However, Green has not given up hope and told the Daily record she will continue to insist on the surgery, even though “a lot of people will say she doesn’t deserve it.”
She said, “I want to feel comfortable in the shower instead of feeling repulsed.” Having male genitalia feels wrong.”
The news that a criminal like Green is in a women’s unit follows the debacle that saw trans rapist Isla Bryson housed in HMP Cornton Vale earlier this year.
Following on from the furore, the SPS made the decision to halt the transfer of all trans prisoners with a history of violence against women to the female estate.
With at least eight years left of her life sentence and biological time not on her side, Green says she is in a race against time for successful treatment.
She continued, “It’s major surgery. It takes you a lot of time to prepare for it and a lot of time to recover.
“I have a better chance of recovering properly if I have it in my 30s rather than my 40s.”
‘I could get out of prison with my past completely behind me, that gives the best chance of success outside.
“I realize it’s not as simple as I want the surgery and everyone has to help make it happen and I understand the security issues because I’ve been convicted of a horrible crime but that’s over and I’m not a danger.’
Green is aware that the nature of her sickening crime means she is unlikely to ever gain sympathy from the authorities or the public.
In March 2013, Green, Kevin McDonagh and Dean Smith invited Mr Shankland to a party at a flat in Fife.
Once he got inside, the trio tied him up with ripped sheets and attacked him, beating and kicking him and beating him with a rolling pin.
They also placed a plastic bag over his head and tied a ligature around his neck.
Paris Green (left) Kevin McDonagh (center) and Dean Smith (right) all received life sentences
Green has said she regrets the killing and believes that if she had been born female she would have avoided it
Coroners concluded that Mr Shankland’s cause of death was asphyxia or blunt force injuries.
Judge John Morris had sentenced all three killers to life with a minimum term of 18 years in November 2013 and had told Green, “It’s going too far to believe that you could act this way towards another human being.”
To this day, Green herself claims she’s insecure too, telling the Record, “It was unforgivable – all I can say is I had a terrible childhood and was totally messed up.”
“I carried a lot of anger inside me before I realized I should have been a woman and that made me even angrier.
“I wondered if I would have been a different person if I had been a woman. I’m not going to make excuses because there aren’t any. I’m sorry for what I did and I’m sorry every day of my life.
“Even five minutes before it started, if someone had asked me if I was capable of murder, I would have said no.
‘I know what I’ve done. But I can’t change it and I can’t bring it back.
“But I can’t help anyone by sitting still, taking my time, and not trying to complete my transition, so this is the best path for me.”
MailOnline has approached the Scottish Prison Service for more information about Green’s hopes of jail time and surgery.