Thug beat ‘attractive’ woman when he realised she’s transgender after sex act

A thug flew into a rage and brutally beat a woman after finding out she is transgender while at a party.

Suhel Sood attacked the woman while at a party in Reading in November 2020 after the pair engaged in a sexual encounter.

34-year-old found out she had male genitals and savagely beat her, leaving the victim with two black eyes and a large bruise on her thigh.

During an encounter at the party, Sood reached down towards the woman's privates and realised she had male genitalia as she performed a sex act on him, Reading Crown Court heard on Monday.

He shouted: "You're a man!" before brutally assaulting her and punching the victim, who has not been named for legal reasons, repeatedly and slamming her head down on a washing machine.

He also called her a 'dog' and forced her to clean up her own blood before he allowed her to leave the party.

She had arrived earlier in the evening with a married man who was believed to be her boyfriend.

The court heard how the victim had been left suffering from two black eyes and "one continuous huge bruise from the thigh to the knee" after the attack.

Sood was cleared of sexual assault but admitted assault causing actual bodily harm and jailed for 16 months.

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Oliver Weetch, prosecuting, told the court the assault "arose entirely from Mr Sood discovering that she was transgender and thereafter assaulting her."

Defending Sood, Tom Holmes, asked the judge not to sentence him on the basis he targeted the victim based on prejudice.

"His behaviour on that night was of course despicable. It gives an impression of him as a reckless, aggressive and frankly unlikeable human being," Holmes said.

The judge told the defendant he was "partying in a garage with others" when the victim arrived with her partner who left early.

"You were happy to entertain his girlfriend," judge Emma Knott said.

She added he was happy to "entertain" the victim after the married man went home to his wife, and added, "you were in the company of an attractive woman".

"And then things took a very ugly turn. You were perhaps fuelled by whiskey and cocaine and flew into a rage. From that moment, you had no concern at all for the woman."

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The Judge continued: "You were concerned only by your own feelings. What you were concerned about was your reputation for fear of being a laughing stock. You sought to blame her. You threw words around like 'deceit'. You accused her of raping you. There is no culpability on your part."

Sood was told: "If you weren't prepared to take the time to know more about her that is on you."

The judge also noted Sood called his victim many names, including a 'dog'.

Sood, of Reading, was also cleared of false imprisonment, attempting to cause grievous bodily harm charges and threats to kill.

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