Transgender criminal makes history by appearing in court as both a man and a woman

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Offences committed by Alan and Alannah Morgan – the same person – heard at Dundee court

Transgender criminal makes history by appearing in court as both a man and a woman
The defendant appeared in court for offences committed as both Alan and Alannah Morgan
The defendant appeared in court for offences committed as both Alan and Alannah Morgan

A person who hurled pizza and a skateboard during a series of public order offences has broken new legal ground by appearing in court as both a man and a woman on the same day.

The 50-year-old was put on a Restriction of Liberty Order for three months in Scotland as a result of offences committed as both Alan and as Alannah Morgan over the past 18 months.

The accused, who has a long list of previous convictions, was addressed as Alannah Morgan when appearing in the dock at Dundee Sheriff Court on Wednesday.

However Morgan, Strathmore Lodge, Dundee, was sentenced in relation to four separate complaints – two of which were committed while she identified as Alan, and two while she identified as Alannah.

Public order offences

As Alannah, she admitted in court that on Feb 24 last year she acted in a threatening or abusive manner in the city’s Happyhillock Road by striking a floor and screaming.

On the same complaint, she also admitted having a knife, shouting and swearing, and referring to complainant Andrew Rhynd in derogatory terms and uttering threats, in April 2021.

On the second complaint as Alannah, she admitted to acting in a threatening or abusive manner in Nethergate, Dundee, on April 24. Morgan admitted shouting incoherently and indiscriminately throwing slices of pizza around the street, as well as causing distress by urinating in public.

As Alan, Morgan was charged with acting in a threatening or abusive manner and adopting an aggressive demeanour while making derogatory remarks to police in the city’s Brewery Lane on Jan 3 this year. Morgan had already been subject to an anti-social behaviour order at the time.

Morgan admitted the offence, but a handwritten amendment to court papers had been made in this case to score out Alan and replace it with Alannah.

In the final case, Morgan admitted acting in a threatening or abusive manner in Brewery Lane again on March 23 this year, as Alan, and to repeatedly throwing a skateboard around and kicking bins.

Morgan also admitted shouting, swearing and making offensive remarks to police in the back of a vehicle and at police headquarters in Dundee, as well as striking a cell door, exposing his buttocks and repeatedly spitting within a cell and pulling down his trousers to expose his genitals.

Morgan ‘extremely fearful’ of prison

Jane Caird, defending, said her client had been considered unsuitable for community work by social workers due to a number of health issues.

However, she urged the court not to jail Morgan because the defendant was extremely distressed by the prospect of being sentenced to a prison term.

She said: “The report confirms she is still doing well and engaging with various services, including the community mental health nurse and the Salvation Army.

“Her key worker is assisting her in various areas of her life. She has been assessed as unsuitable for supervision. Her behaviour at times can be unpredictable.

“I’m asking the court to deal with it without sending my client to custody. She is extremely fearful of that and feels it would put her 10 steps backwards.”

Sheriff Alistair Carmichael placed Morgan on a tag for three months to cover all of the cases and ordered her to stay indoors between 7pm and 7am each day.

He said: “The combination of these offences puts this at the custodial threshold, so it would be worthy of a prison sentence, but I’m obliged to look at alternatives.”

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