A transgender killer who identifies as a baby and demands baby food and pacifiers has been transferred to a male-only jail after several years in a women’s prison.
Sophie Eastwood, born Daniel, is serving a life sentence after strangling her cellmate Paul Algie, 22, with shoelaces at the Dumfries Young Offenders Institute in Scotland.
Eastwood, now 38, began the transition while in prison in 2017 and was later granted a move to Cornton Vale, a women’s prison that has been at the center of a dispute over the accommodation of trans convicts.
His case has drawn attention due to a series of unconventional demands he has made behind bars, including requests for pacifiers, diapers and baby food, as he now identifies as a baby.
As part of a comprehensive review of the living arrangements for trans offenders, Eastwood has been moved from the women’s lockup to HMP Shotts in Lanarkshire, a maximum security prison capable of holding more than 550 of Scotland’s most dangerous criminals.
Sophie Eastwood, 38, is serving a life sentence after killing her cellmate at an institution for young offenders in Scotland. She was born a man, but began to transition behind bars.
Eastwood, seen here while living as Daniel, was a month away from being released after being found guilty of dangerous driving when she killed her cellmate Paul Algie. She has served her 15-year minimum sentence, but she has not yet been considered for her release.
She previously stated that she would risk sexual violence if she were transferred to a men’s prison.
A source told the scottish sun of the measure: ‘This is a great measure, as Eastwood will be one of the first trans inmates transferred to an all-male jail.
‘Eastwood is a danger to the female population and should be housed with men.
‘Eastwood even identified himself as a baby and demanded baby food and a pacifier, that’s just taking the p***.
“To say Eastwood isn’t happy with the trade is an understatement.”
Eastwood served his 15-year minimum sentence for killing his cellmate as of 2019, but his release has yet to be considered. She was a month away from being released on a dangerous driving conviction when she strangled Algie.
Earlier this year, he told the Daily entry that any move to a men’s prison would put her in danger, and that he is “deeply sorry” for strangling his cellmate.
She said: ‘I was threatened by other prisoners in the male state when I started transitioning and the main threat was that I would suffer serious sexual violence.
‘It was a relief to be transferred to the women’s farm, where I felt safe and gained the trust of my fellow prisoners.
“I think the staff of the Scottish Prison Service handle trans inmates well, but it would be impossible for me to feel safe in a men’s prison.”
A Scottish Prison Service spokesman said: ‘We do not comment on individuals.
‘All trans men and trans women in our care are housed in a way that meets the risks and needs of them as individuals and of others in the facility.’
Scottish prison chiefs have announced a comprehensive review of the arrangements for trans convicts after trans rapist Isla Bryson was initially housed among the Cornton Vale prisoners in Stirling.
Bryson, who was born a man named Adam Graham, is serving an eight-year sentence after being convicted in February this year of raping two women in 2016 and 2019.
Sophie Eastwood had been serving her sentence at HMP Cornton Vale (left) near Stirling. But a comprehensive review of trans prisoner arrangements of hers has seen her expelled and transferred to HMP Shotts (right), a maximum security prison.
The case of double rapist Isla Bryson (left) prompted a review of trans prison arrangements in Scotland. Bryson, who was charged as a man named Adam Graham (right), began transition while awaiting trial and is now serving an eight-year sentence.
She began the transition before her trial and was transferred from Cornton Vale to HMP Edinburgh earlier this year following a protest.
But during the race to be elected Scotland’s new First Minister, Humza Yousaf accused Bryson of not being a “genuine trans woman” and said she was “trying to game the system.”
Yousaf, who served as Scotland’s justice secretary and health secretary before succeeding Nicola Sturgeon in the top job, said during a BBC-broadcast SNP leadership debate: “What we should never do is because we have to a despicable person like Isla Bryson playing the role of system, we shouldn’t roll back the rights of the 99.9 percent of trans women who don’t commit any crime.’
Shadow Conservative Justice Secretary Russell Findlay said: “Sending a rapist to women’s prisons exposed the dangerous reality of the SNP’s gender self-identification agenda, and rightly forced a review of trans prisoners. “.
“Prison staff will have assessed all factors, especially the safety of vulnerable inmates, before deciding on this transfer.”
Rishi Sunak’s government in January blocked Ms Sturgeon’s attempts to impose new self-identification laws, which would allow children to identify as their preferred gender from the age of 16 without a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria.