Anger over sex change op delay led to BB gun incident

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A transgender Doncaster woman fired a gun after becoming frustrated at the wait for her sex change op, a court heard.

Doncaster Magistrates’ Court heard 56-year-old Susan Bond carried the BB gun for protection after being subjected to years of taunts about her appearance.

The incident happened on the evening of Sunday, May 17, when Bond fired the gun near the town’s Waterdale Car Park, shattering the window of a white Vauxhall van parked near the Staff of Life pub.

The court heard the owner of the van, who lived in a flat above the town centre pub, heard the glass shatter and followed Bond to a nearby pub after seeing her walking from the scene.

When police arrived they found the gun in Bond’s handbag.

David Sheppard, prosecuting, said Bond had been drinking prior to the incident and £200 of damage had been caused.

He said: “In interview, she accepted it was a reckless thing to do in such a built-up area and admits she didn’t stop to see what damage had been caused.”

Bond, of Stewart Street, Doncaster town centre, admitted possessing an imitation firearm in a public place and criminal damage.

Samina Rashid, mitigating, said: “Bond has been waiting for a transgender operation and for the last two-and-a-half years has been dressing as a woman.

“She experiences a lot of difficulties when she goes out on a night from people.

“She carries the gun for her own protection and felt safer with it in her bag.

“On this occasion, she wasn’t being troubled by anyone, but her frustration about not being able to have the operation any time soon, the length of time it was taking and the troubles she had had in the past were in her mind at the time.

“She did take note there was no one in the vicinity at the time, but expects that she did hit the vehicle.”

Miss Rashid said Bond realised that it was not acceptable to be carrying such an item.

She said: “The circumstances Bond finds herself in are exceptional.”

The court heard Bond was of previous good character.

Sentencing was adjourned to a later date, but Bond, was released on conditional bail, was warned she may face a prison sentence.