Woman blames former male side for vicious attack
SURREY, B.C. - A Surrey, B.C. woman who had a sex-change operation has been sentenced to five years in prison for assaulting her former common-law wife.
Cara-Ann Lindley has already served 100 days in jail, so she will serve more than four more years behind bars.
Four years ago, Lindley – then known as Ray West – moved in with Susan McIntosh and they had a son.
In January 2003, West told his wife he had cancer and was going to Montreal for treatment, but he was actually going to have a sex-change operation.
It's only when he returned to Vancouver a few months later that McIntosh discovered that Ray was becoming Cara-Ann.
McIntosh then tried to break off the relationship.
Five months ago, Cara-Ann went to McIntosh's house in Surrey and beat her with a tire iron 20 times and tried to strangle her.
McIntosh's cheekbone and teeth were smashed, and she had major reconstruction surgery, requiring 66 staples, 49 stitches and a face plate.
Defence lawyer Greg Rideout claimed Lindley's former male personality was responsible for the attack.
He also blamed a combination of estrogen and alcohol.
But Judge Dennis Devitt called it a cowardly and vicious act.
Written by CBC News Online staff