‘Jessica Winfield’ (AKA Martin Ponting)
In 1995, Ponting was convicted of the rape of two girls, one of whom was the disabled daughter of a family friend. He was sentenced to life imprisonment. In 2007, it was reported that he was being held at the top security men’s prison, HMP Whitemoor, where he was ‘transitioning’. By this time, he had changed his name to Jessica Martina Winfield and had brought complaints against the prison service that he was being mistreated due to his ‘transgender’ status (BBC News, 4 February 2007). His ‘transition’ came as a shock to one of his victims, now an adult, who visited him whilst he was being held at Whitemoor as part of her attempts to gain closure. The woman said, “I had no idea what was going on. He was sat there wearing a wig and make-up. He had boobs.” (Sean-Paul Doran, Alex Diaz, Richard Moriarty & Tom Wells, The Sun, 20 March 2017) One can only imagine how she must have felt.
In 2017, it was reported that he had had ‘reassignment’ surgery and had been moved into a women’s prison, HMP Bronzefield, to the fury of the women that he had raped when they were children. One stated, “To assume the identity of a woman after what he did is a kick in the teeth…. There are not enough words to describe him and the evil he has done.” In response to his move to HMP Bronzefield, female prisoners objected with one threatening to self-harm to get away from him (Sean-Paul Doran, Alex Diaz, Richard Moriarty & Tom Wells, The Sun, 20 March 2017).
The ‘reassignment’ surgery had not removed Ponting’s penis and six months after being transferred to HMP Bronzefield, he was segregated due to ‘making inappropriate advances’ to the female prisoners who were forced to live with him. A prison source stated, “It beggars belief why a convicted double rapist like Jessica is allowed to mix with females despite having her penis. Prison bosses were worried she would try it on with prisoners and their fears have come true. Inmates were furious to be lumbered with a convicted rapist in the first place and they’re even more angry now (sic).” (Anthony Joseph, MailOnline, 6 September 2017)
His ex-wife spoke out, “This was inevitable. I knew it would happen. Whoever thought it was a good idea to put a double rapist in a women’s jail was bonkers. He is a proven predator and his mentality will never change, no matter which gender he is. He should never have been put in a women’s prison, he belongs in a male prison. He is a dangerous man and it beggars belief why he was allowed to mix with women.” (Sean-Paul Doran, The Sun, 5 September 2017)