- Suhel Sood, 34, attacked the woman at a party in Reading in November 2020
- During a sexual encounter, Sood discovered that she had male genitals and savagely beat her, leaving her with two black eyes and a huge bruise on her leg
- He admitted assault causing bodily harm and was cleared of sexual assault
- Judge Emma Knott said Sood had shown ‘no real remorse’ over the attack
A man has been jailed for 16 months for beating up a transgender woman after discovering she had male genitalia.
Suhel Sood, 34, attacked his ‘attractive’ victim, who has not been named for legal reasons, during an encounter at a party in Reading in which she performed a sex act on him.
Sood reached down towards the woman’s privates and found that she had male genitalia, Reading Crown Court heard on Monday.
He roared: ‘You’re a man!’ before launching a brutal assault on the woman, punching her repeatedly and slamming her head down on a washing machine.
The victim was called a ‘dog’ and forced by Sood to mop up her own blood before he allowed her to leave the party on November 14 2020.
She had arrived earlier in the evening with a married man who was believed to be her partner.
The court heard how the woman had been left with two black eyes and ‘one continuous huge bruise from the thigh to the knee.’
Sood was cleared of sexual assault but jailed for 16 months after he admitted assault causing actual bodily harm.
Prosecutor Oliver Weetch told the court that the assault ‘arose entirely from Mr Sood discovering that she [the victim] was transgender and thereafter assaulting her.’
Tom Holmes, defending, asked the judge not to sentence Sood on the basis that he targeted the victim based on prejudice.
‘His behaviour on that night was of course despicable. It gives an impression of him as a reckless, aggressive and frankly unlikable human being,’ Holmes said.
Judge Emma Knott told Sood he was ‘partying in a garage with others’ when the victim turned up with her partner – a married man who left early.
‘You were happy to entertain his girlfriend,’ the judge said
‘You were even happy to entertain his girlfriend after Billy went home to his wife. You were in the company of an attractive woman’.
In the course of consensual sexual activity, Sood discovered this ‘undeniably attractive woman was transgender’, the judge said.
‘And then things took a very ugly turn. You were perhaps fuelled by whiskey and cocaine and flew into a rage. From that moment, you had no concern at all for the woman.
‘You were concerned only by your own feelings. What you were concerned about was your reputation for fear of being a laughing stock. You sought to blame her. You threw words around like ‘deceit’. You accused her of raping you. There is no culpability on your part.
‘She is a woman, that is how she identifies.’
Judge Knott added: ‘Frankly, if you weren’t prepared to take the time to know more about her that is on you.
‘Maybe you will be a bit more careful in the future.
‘You discovered in your mind too late, you lost your temper. You hit her multiple times to the face, head and ear. Both eyes were black… her left eye was completely bloodshot. She had one continuous huge bruise from the thigh to the knee. And all of those were caused by you.
‘I am not sentencing you on the basis you inflicted those injuries with a spanner or a tool. You must have hit her very hard. This was a repeated and quite sustained assault… it must have been.
‘You have demonstrated no real remorse about your attack on her that night….. particularly that element of you making her clean up her own blood.
‘As if her transgender identity meant you would be contaminated by touching her own blood.’
The judge also noted Sood called his victim many names, including a ‘dog’.
Sood, of Reading, admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
He was cleared of sexual assault, false imprisonment, attempting to cause grievous bodily harm charges and threats to kill.