Chantelle Simmons

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Chantelle Simmons, a male who identifies as a trans woman, was convicted at Leicester Crown Court in 2018 of six thefts, taking a vehicle (a taxi) without consent, burglary and fraudulently using a stolen bank card, between June and October 2017.

Despite having 30 previous convictions and committing these latest “spectacular collection of offences” while serving a suspended sentence, Simmons, 25, avoided a minimum three year jail term under a ‘three strikes’ house burglary rule regarding 15 other similar offences, and received a 20 month jail sentence, suspended for two years.

The court also heard how Simmons threatened to falsely accuse a shopkeeper of rape when he asked for the return of a dress, £200 in cash and bank cards the defendant had just stolen from his store.

The judge received media criticism for allowing the offender to ‘choose’ their sentence.

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