Judge’s mercy for Exeter transsexual


The trauma of life as a transsexual has led to a city woman being spared a jail term.

Thea Cox was in breach of a 12-week suspended sentence when she was caught breaking into student accommodation to steal clothing and food.

She confessed to burglaries at Elmbrook House, in New North Road, on August 31 and September 14, and an address in Polsloe Road on September 19 and October 3. But a judge at Exeter Crown Court took the unusual step of not activating the jail term because of the extreme circumstances surrounding her case.