The defendant, who was previously known as Mark Walker, was first jailed for 13 years in 2003 for two rapes against girls under 16, one aged four, along with making and distributing indecent photographs of children
A transgender paedophile attacked a guard after her razors were removed because it ‘made gender dysphoria worse’, a court heard.
Marcia Walker, 47, reacted angrily when officers at HMP Frankland, a Category A men’s prison, objected to her possession of razor blades, Durham Crown Court was told.
The defendant, who was previously known as Mark Walker, was first jailed for 13 years in 2003 for two rapes against girls under 16, one aged four, along with making and distributing indecent photographs of children.
Walker was jailed for another six months in 2012 after claiming a bomb had been sent to the then Home Secretary Theresa May‘s house. In 2017 she received a further term for making hoax bomb threats against Long Lartin prison.
Walker, who now identifies as Marcia, has been in a long-running dispute over access to gender realignment surgery despite being recognised as female by prison authorities, Yahoo news reports.
She said that not being able to shave made her gender dysphoria worse, and when officers went into her cell she spat at one and said ‘I have Covid’.
Walker also threatened another inmate along with prison custody manager Michael Roachford during the same incident.
The confiscation of National Geographic magazines – sent to the jail by a charity – due to the pictures of naked children in them had angered Walker, the court heard.
Walker had insisted in interview that she had no sexual interest in the pictures, adding: ‘They cannot take my razors from me.’
Marcia Walker, 47, reacted angrily when officers at Frankland jail (pictured) objected to her possession of razor blades, Durham Crown Court was told
She appeared by video link to admit assault on a prison officer, breaching a sexual harm prevention order, threatening to kill Mr Roachford and fellow inmate Liam Edwards.
Fiona Lamb, mitigating, said: ‘The defendant has had quite an unpleasant experience being in custody. I’m sure no one enjoys it, but because of the defendant’s personal circumstances it has been very difficult for her.’
Judge Ray Singh expressed ‘real concerns’ over releasing Walker, but also said there were issues over continued detention in prison.
He said he was taking ‘a chance’ when giving Walker consecutive three-month sentences for all offences, totalling 15 months – suspending them for two years.
Walker will also undergo post-sentence supervision.
Walker has been on remand at Durham Prison, but will now leave within the next 24 hours, the court heard.
Kent Police, Walker’s original offender managers from 2003, will take her to an agreed accommodation facility in Guildford, Surrey.