‘Controlling’ transgender man jailed for beating up three women he tricked using fake penis for sex

‘Cruel, calculating and controlling’ Tarjit Singh punched, slapped, strangled and threatened to set on fire the women, one as young as 16, when they found out he was born a woman.

A transgender man who used a fake penis to lure three women into relationships before lashing out when they discovered he was born as a woman has been jailed for 10 years.

“Cruel, calculating and controlling” Tarjit Singh, 32, tricked the women into relationships, but insisted on having sex in the dark so he could a strap on penis without their knowledge.

When they found out, Singh, who was born as Hannah Walters, flew into a rage and beat them up.

Tarjit Singh, who was born as a female named Hannah Walters but now identifies as a transgender male. Credit: CPS / SWNS

He threatened to set fire to one victim during an incident where he attacked her with lighter fluid.

The same woman was left with a fractured nose from a mobile phone and a cut on her forehead.

He also punched, slapped, beat her up and strangled her.

Singh’s rages left another victim with bruising and a black eye.

The offending took place over six years between 2010 and 2016, but the sexual assaults took place in the first four of those years.

Singh was jailed at Snaresbrook Crown Court for a minimum of 10 years on Wednesday, for three counts of assault by penetration, six counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and one count of making a threat to kill.

Prosecutors said he has convictions for a string of serious offences including false imprisonment, perverting the course of justice, administering a noxious substance, causing unnecessary suffering to an animal and ABH

Snaresbrook Crown Court was told that Singh, of Enfield, lured in his first victim on Facebook in 2010, just weeks after she had turned 16. He was 20 at the time.

She was having problems at home with her conservative family and he ended up with a “vice-like” grip on her during their brief relationship.

He met his second victim in a chicken shop and his third, who has learning difficulties, on dating site Plenty of Fish.

Both his second and third victim were in their 20s when he was in his 20s.

His first and third victims said they are taking antidepressants because of his cruel behaviour and are struggling to lead a normal life.

One said in an impact statement read out in court: “My mental health has been affected and I have severe anxiety and depression. I have had to take medication for depression.

“I knew taking the stand would affect my mental health but wanted to protect other women from having this happen to them.

“I was only 16 at the time and was at a very vulnerable place in my life.

“The defendant used this to his own advantage. They used me for their own sickening games.

“He had time to perfect his methods over the years and I was not the only one.

“I was so young when it happened and I ended up in an abusive relationship, which made me think this was normal behaviour in a relationship.”

The victim said Singh’s cruel actions have affected her relationship with her family and she was unable to finish her studies.

“For a long time I was afraid of going out. I always feel like I have to watch over my shoulder,” she said.

“It will take me a long time to get over what I have gone through.”

Another victim said in her impact statement: “I am not able to rebuild my life.

“I had a miscarriage just before the trial and I had to think about Singh.

“I struggle to put into words what Singh did affected me.

“Nothing can explain the affect impact on me physically, emotionally and mentally.

“I have depression, PTSD and anxiety and have needed therapy and medication.

“I am still not over it and struggle to imagine a time when I will be over what happened.

“I don’t feel myself anymore. I don’t like going to places where there will be a lot of people.

“I used to be a fun-loving girl. I feel he has stolen my 20s off me.

“I am too scared to go to places and constantly feel scared of new people.

“This has affected my relationship with my partner as I don’t trust people. I get scared of what is going to happen to me next.

“I have a recurring nightmare and wake up scared about what happened to me.

“He broke my nose with a phone and I struggle with it every day.

“I have had two operations but I am still waiting for more.

“I just want this pain she caused me to stop and stop it happening to anyone else.

“I hope the sentence she receives reflects the seriousness of the crimes and trauma she has caused.”

His second victim did not wish to make an impact statement.

During the relationships, Singh would keep his clothes on and have sex with the women using a ultra-realistic strap-on in the dark, prosecutors said.

His lawyer insisted the sex toy was not a prosthetic penis and was instead an Ann Summers strip on dildo.

Jurors at his trial were shown his mobile phone search history of websites he visited, including FreeToMProsthetics.com – a company making ultra-realistic prosthetic penises.

Describing sex with the defendant, one victim said: “He looked like a guy, he acted like a guy.”

She only found out the defendant was not born a man after finding a strap-on penis months into their relationship.

The woman told police she felt so stupid that she fell for these lies.

Singh told one victim he was born a boy, had a sex change to become a woman, and now wanted to be a man again.

His third victim met Singh after he messaged her on dating site Plenty of Fish in 2014.

Soon into their relationship, Singh told her he would be having a sex change to become a woman.

She met with him after what she believed was the sex change operation, and noticed he now had breasts but no scarring from surgery.

He was caught out after this relationship became abusive and the victim made a complaint to police.

Investigators then linked this case back to the two earlier victims that had already been reported to police.

Singh was found guilty in May of three counts of assault by penetration, six counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and one count of making a threat to kill.

Jurors cleared him of two counts of assault by penetration.

Appearing in the dock at the same court today wearing a black top, coat and mask, he had his head in his hands and did not speak at all during the sentencing.

His victims and their supporters gasped, with what appeared to be relief, when the judge said he could face more than 10 years behind bars.

Kate Bex QC, in mitigation for Singh, said he suffers from unstable personality disorder, gender dysmorphia and is suffering in a female prison.

She added: “All three women continued to have a consensual sexual relationship with this defendant when they discovered that he is a transgender man and a biological woman.

“He has never lived his life pretending to be a man and this stigmatises the reality that he is a transgender man, he feels physical revulsion that he has female anatomy.

“He is not pretending to be a man, cross dressing as a fetish.

“To say so stigmatises the reality that he is a trans man.”

Sentencing Singh, Judge Oscar Del Fabbro told him: “You were aware that these three victims were vulnerable women.

“You deceived them by not revealing you are a biological woman and instead of a frank, honest, respectful discussion with them about your gender and who you really want to be, you chose a different path.

“You chose a path of deceit. You persuaded them you were a man and took on the character and appearance of a man.

“That is the impression you deliberately gave these three women.

“There is no doubt they were drawn in by your charm, your humour and your companionship, and your ability to purportedly offer them a sympathetic ear.

“Nothing could be further from the truth about you as you quickly became controlling, violent and abusive.

“Each of your victims have suffered because of your cruel, calculating and controlling behaviour.

“These sexual assaults in particular were deceitful and they were hurtful.

“You are an accomplished and manipulative liar.”

He must serve two thirds of his sentence before being eligible for parole and will spend a further three years after his release on an extended licence.

He will be subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 15 years.