Laura Miller

Laura Miller, a violent male who variously identifies as gender neutral or gender fluid, was convicted of sexual assault and sentenced to 23 months in prison at Inverness Sheriff Court in Scotland on February 11, 2022. Miller, 29, must sign the sex offender’s register for 10 years and it is unknown whether the sentence will be served in the male or female prison estate.

The Court heard that “on several occasions” in 2017, Miller had sexually assaulted a woman while she was in a state incapable of giving consent (i.e. she was asleep or unconscious) due to the effects of her medication. The offences were perpetrated on the Isle of Skye in 2017, though media reports described Miller as being from Paisley. In common with many sex offenders, Miller waited until the last moment before trial to plead guilty.

Reduxx reports that on at least one occasion, Miller took advantage of his victim being effectively unconscious to film himself while he was sexually assaulting her. In the video, he is described as being seen “removing [his] victim’s clothing, exposing her private parts and touching [her] breasts.” He is also making vulgar sexual remarks of an offensive nature towards her.

Although Miller has previous serious convictions resulting in imprisonment it is unknown whether these were sexual offences – they may well have been recorded and/or reported under a different name. In any case, the sheriff referenced the two previous convictions as a reason for refusing the defence request for a non-custodial sentence saying that the convictions were “a matter of grave concern” – possibly indicating Miller’s previous offending also involved violence against women. Miller’s alias of “Laura” was used throughout in addition to they/them pronouns and it is also unknown how the perpetrator’s sex was recorded – although why a male who identifies as ‘gender neutral’ would be recorded as female is anyone’s guess.

The Telegraph recently reported that the current, widely criticised “Orwellian” Police Scotland policy which allows male sex offenders to self-identify as female is under review.

In April 2022, the Court of Criminal Appeal in Edinburgh rejected Miller’s appeal to quash the custodial sentence, ruling that the sheriff’s determination that only a custodial sentence was appropriate was indeed correct. The court was told Miller had a difficult background and currently identifies as bisexual and gender fluid.

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