Paris Bregazzi

Paris Valeta Bregazzi, a violent male who identifies as a trans woman, has over 90 sets of convictions, many of them for violent offences which could easily have killed the victims.

Bregazzi, 32, is variously described by the media as either a beautician or a sex worker and appears to particularly target female members of the public at random and law enforcement officers. Although media coverage has pointed out that Bregazzi has assaulted police officers, none have bothered to detail that it is also women being targeted for violence. In court Bregazzi has cited several mental health conditions including borderline personality disorder, depression and psychosis. Convictions are in date order below.

2016

Bregazzi was convicted of theft, causing criminal damage and breaching a restraining order (taken out by Bregazzi’s own mother).

2017

Bregazzi was convicted at the Old Bailey in London in November 2017 of one count of doing an unlawful act on a railway with intent to endanger a person (a police officer). Bregazzi, 30, barged off-duty police officer Sam Chegwin onto the tracks at Hanger Lane Station in Ealing, west London, at 5.15am on July 17, 2017 after he told Bregazzzi to “calm down” on hearing the defendant berating and racially abusing bystanders. PC Chegwin received minor injuries to his head after landing inches away from the live line and was extremely lucky not to have been seriously injured.

Bregazzi’s barrister told the court the defendant is “one surgery away from fully transitioning to a woman” and had mental health issues that had been “exacerbated” by being transgender. 

The court also heard Bregazzi had an “appalling” record of attacks on public transport, including attacks on staff and commuters at Highgate Station, East Finchley Station and Kings Cross Station. At the time the defendant apparently had around 40 previous convictions for assault, harassment and shoplifting dating back to 2007. Bregazzi was also fined in May 2017 for racially aggravated harassment.

Sentencing was deferred until the week of February 19, 2018 after the judge told the court he was ‘concerned’ Bregazzi had been held in custody ‘in very difficult circumstances’ (ie held in a male jail since arrest as the defendant is male and presumably does not have a gender recognition certificate. No mention of evaluating the risk Bregazzi would pose to the vulnerable women in a female jail was reported).

Bail conditions imposed on Bregazzi while awaiting sentencing included attending probation appointments, drug misuse appointments, engage with medical services and to live at home while on bail. 

(See also Senthooran Kanagasingham, another male who identifies as a trans woman, who pushed David/Sonia Burgess onto train tracks at King’s Cross in 2010 and was jailed for life after admitted manslaughter on grounds of diminished responsibility.)

Other trans-identified males who have been convicted of violent/sexual offences on public transport can be found on this tag.

2018

At sentencing, Bregazzi escaped prison yet again, when the six month jail sentence imposed was suspended for two years. The court heard Bregazzi had 39 convictions for 62 offences, mainly for theft and violence, and Bregazzi’s lawyer conceded the offence passed the custody mark but argued for a community order as the defendant ‘had stayed out of trouble since’ and was ‘more stable now’ after being ‘full of anger and at the same time sadness’ regarding parental estrangement and was ‘desperate’ to finish transitioning.

Recorder Jeremy Dein QC said: “The fact is that [the police officer] could have been killed by the fall and hitting his head, electrocuted, hit by an oncoming train or by a combination of those circumstances.

“Mr Chegwin is extremely fortunate that he wasn’t seriously injured or killed.

“And so are you, because you might well be here now, or certainly have been, at court facing far more serious charges.

Bregazzi, of Highgate, north London, was also handed a rehabilitation order of up to 20 days.

Screenshot from bbc.co.uk

The BBC reported Bregazzi’s sentencing as ‘Woman spared jail after pushing man on Tube track’.

Later in 2018, Bregazzi was finally jailed in April after being convicted of assaulting another police officer, criminal damage and other violent/intimidatory behaviour against multiple people shortly after after being handed the suspended sentence for pushing PC Chegwin onto train tracks. The BBC reported Bregazzi as having 64 previous convictions.

The court heard that on 5 March 2018, Bregazzi smashed property after acting “aggressively” towards two elderly women at a bus stop and throwing wheelie bins in the street then kneeing female PC Florina Russ in the chest. Then five days later while on bail, Bregazzi sprayed perfume at a female Waterloo security guard and damaged a cell at Brixton police station.

The judge activated Bregazzi’s six month suspended sentence and added four more months in prison for the assaults. Charges for possession of a class A drug (crystal meth) – found in Bregazzi’s bra – were not brought.

The defendant was also given eight weeks for criminal damage to run concurrently and is expected to serve the sentence at HMP Belmarsh, a category A men’s prison.

2019

Bregazzi appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court in November 2019 for a separate but “similar” issue to the assaults and criminal damage detailed below in 2020, with probation adding that her situation had now changed reportedly that “she had stopped injecting the drug which she often took as a sex worker.”

2020

Bregazzi was again jailed for 12 weeks in February 2020 after being convicted of two counts of criminal damage, two of common assault and one of assaulting (yet another) police officer. Again, all victims were female and again Bregazzi was under the influence of drugs (crystal meth).

According to the Daily Mail, Bregazzi “stormed into a department store in Kensington and smashed a china display before fleeing the shop” before picking up objects from the ground and throwing them at a car waiting at traffic lights. Bregazzi then entered a pharmacy and threw shopping baskets at a female customer before pushing her against a wall – she was only able to escape after a member of the public intervened and later told police the ordeal was “alarming” and caused her “great distress.

Bregazzi then pushed another woman to the ground in the middle of the road into the path of oncoming traffic, obviously placing her in danger of being severely injured – she told the court she felt the impact in her lower back and was “fearful of being hit by a car”.

Finally, Bregazzi assaulted a police officer after being arrested, by spitting on him and was later arrested for assaulting an emergency worker.

The judge issued a formal warning to to stay quiet in court after Bregazzi was heard to mutter and then shout “you don’t explain cis life.” The judge referred to Bregazzi as a woman, saying “You have 90 sets of criminal convictions. You are a woman of significant violence. You regularly hit and hurt other people” and ‘These crimes are so serious only custody can be justified.”

Photo via Daily Mail

Media reports

My London News https://www.mylondon.news/news/west-london-news/sex-worker-jailed-after-rampage-17744020 archive 

Daily Mail https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8012265/Transgender-woman-jailed-12-weeks-spitting-officer.html  archive 

Metro https://metro.co.uk/2020/02/17/woman-pushed-cop-onto-tube-tracks-jailed-spitting-officer-12254480/

Court News https://courtnewsuk.co.uk/transgender-woman-spat-at-sergeants-face/

BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-43882294

Metropolitan Police Federation https://metfed.org.uk/news?id=7868

Daily Mail http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5412959/Transgender-woman-avoids-sent-mans-jail.html

The Sun https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5628103/paris-valeta-bregazzi-beautician-jailed-pushing-police-officer-tube/

BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-43127415

The Sun https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5009904/transgender-woman-shoved-police-officer-onto-train-tracks-after-he-asked-her-to-stop-abusing-other-commuters/ archive

Mumsnet https://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/womens_rights/3098220-Violent-male-granted-bail-because-judge-feels-sorry-for-her

Ham & High http://www.hamhigh.co.uk/news/crime-court/highgate-shopper-picks-out-designer-dress-to-steal-after-trying-on-clothes-at-exclusive-boutique-1-4424512 archive

Daily Mail http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5120999/Transgender-woman-shoved-officer-railway-tracks.html

Gender Identity Watch https://genderidentitywatch.com/2017/11/29/paris-valeta-bregazzi-uk/