Charlene Blundell

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Charlene Blundell, a violent male who identifies as a trans woman, was convicted of arson recklessly endangering life in 1999 and sentenced to 42 months in prison. The arson attack was perpetrated against a friend, Mr Mark Falla, whom Blundell claimed had refused to pay for the rest of the defendant’s gender reassignment treatment (see also Karen Lawson who killed a boyfriend who similarly refused to pay for surgery).

Blundell had apparently met up with Mr Falla, in April 1998 and they returned to a flat where he was staying for drinks. After a while, Mr Falla blacked out, although he was not drunk; Blundell had spiked his drink and then started fires at five different points in the flat in Brockley, south London. The court was told Blundell was ‘going through a sex change and was at the pre-operative stage’ and had one aim – ‘to be completely transformed into a woman and settle down to an ordinary life’.

Media reports

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