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Transgender murderer Scarlet Blake – who the prison service says is male – is recorded as being a woman by the police force that cracked the case simply because the killer identified as female when arrested


Transgender cat killer and murderer Scarlet Blake – who the Government says is biologically a man – was recorded by the police force who solved the case as a female perpetrator. 

In a disclosure that will horrify gender rights campaigners, MailOnline can reveal Thames Valley Police (TVP) admitted that the criminal will permanently be logged on their records as a woman.

It happened after 26-year-old Blake was arrested and told officers while in custody that she identified as a female.

The revelation highlights the difficulties that the legal system and police forces have in dealing with transgender criminals.

Activists say it is yet another example of a male offender’s crime being wrongly attributed to a female. 

A mugshot issued by Thames Valley Police of Scarlet Blake who was found guilty of murder

A mugshot issued by Thames Valley Police of Scarlet Blake who was found guilty of murder 

Scarlet Blake pictured in Intrusion nightclub in Oxford

Scarlet Blake pictured in Intrusion nightclub in Oxford

BMW worker Mr Carreno (pictured) had been on a night out when he was approached by Blake

BMW worker Mr Carreno (pictured) had been on a night out when he was approached by Blake

Blake was found guilty last week of targeting innocent Jorge Martin Carreno, 30, as he walk home from a night out in Oxford. She smashed a bottle over the Spaniard’s head before pushing him into the River Cherwell where he drowned. 

The killer, who months before had filmed herself blending her neighbours cat, got away with the crime for two years until her American ex-girlfriend Ashlynn Bell alerted police forces.

After being found guilty of the deranged crimes, Blake was sentenced to 24 years in prison, with her own lawyer admitting his client was so dangerous that no parole board would ever feel safe to release her back into society.

The Ministry of Justice later confirmed that Blake, who was given puberty blockers when she was 17 and started to receive hormone treatment when she was 18, would be held in a male jail. 

TVP told MailOnline: ‘We are required to record the gender of individuals when they are brought into our custody. Blake identified as a female when in custody, as such Blake is recorded as female on our crime recording system.’

The force added that Blake’s gender did not form any part of the prosecution case and said that this was highlighted by the judge ruling over the case. 

The refusal to identify Blake as a trans woman has led to an outcry from some feminists groups in the last week.

Harry Potter author JK Rowling – who is known for her opinions on transgender issues – hit out at Blake being classed as a woman.

Blake stalked and killed 30-year-old Jorge Martin Carreno (pictured) in July 2021

Blake stalked and killed 30-year-old Jorge Martin Carreno (pictured) in July 2021

A still image from a video issued by police of Scarlet Blake holding a cat head after killing it

A still image from a video issued by police of Scarlet Blake holding a cat head after killing it

Writing in response to Sky News referring to her as ‘a woman’ in an article headline she said: ‘I’m sick of this s***. This is not a woman. These are #NotOurCrimes.’

Meanwhile, award-winning journalist Louise Tickle, who has written for The Guardian for 20 years, has boycotted the newspaper after it initially failed to inform its readers that Blake was transgender in an article covering the case. 

Upon reading the piece, the writer said she was left ‘unaware’ that Blake was a ‘male killer’ because the word ‘transgender’ did not appear in the piece. The Guardian later updated its new story ‘to add further details and biological information’. 

The BBC also was criticised after its correspondent Duncan Kennedy and news anchor Ben Brown referred to Blake as a woman without mention of her being transgender.  

The fact Blake was recorded as a woman – when she is legally identified as a man – reflects a wider problem within the British justice system and echoes previous calls from women’s rights activists.

Sussex Police previously came under fire for referring to a legally male transgender pedophile Sally Ann Dixon, 58, as female declaring it would not ‘tolerate any hateful comments about gender’.

After receiving criticism online the force said: ‘Sussex Police do not tolerate any hateful comments towards their gender identity regardless of crimes committed. This is irrelevant to the crime that has been committed and investigated.’

In another post from September 2022, the police told a woman’s right campaigner Dixon, who was found guilty of 30 offences of indecent assault or indecency with child victims, should not be misgendered. 

Sussex Police previously came under fire for referring to a legally male transgender pedophile  as female declaring it would not 'tolerate any hateful comments about gender'

Sussex Police previously came under fire for referring to a legally male transgender pedophile  as female declaring it would not ‘tolerate any hateful comments about gender’ 

Sally Ann Dixon, 58, was found guilty on 30 charges relating to historic child sexual abuse in 2022

Sally Ann Dixon, 58, was found guilty on 30 charges relating to historic child sexual abuse in 2022

Maya Forstater has called for a review of the justice system on speaking truthfully on sex following

Maya Forstater has called for a review of the justice system on speaking truthfully on sex following 

Maya Forstater, who famously won a test case ruling gender-critical views were a protected philosophical belief under the Equality Act, said it was a fact that Dixon was male. The activist called for a review into the justice system. 

She told MailOnline at the time: ‘It is not ‘hateful’ or criminal to call someone male a man. It is a simple statement of fact. The paedophile who committed these crimes, like 98 per cent of those who undertake sex crimes was and remains male.

‘There needs to be a review up and down the justice system from the police to CPS to courts and prison system to record and speak truthfully about sex.’

Psychologist Pam Spurr said at the time: ‘The police are doing a terrible disservice to crime statistics actually being meaningful with this ‘parallel universe’ approach to allocating sexual assault crimes to the wrong gender.’ 

Yesterday, MailOnline revealed that Blake might have been classed as a ‘vulnerable prisoner’ when she arrived at a male prison meaning she might be given ‘one-to-one pyscological support’.

And due to how high profile Blake’s case has been she might be given ‘increased resources from the prison service’, Keely Taverner, 46, a former probation officer and ex-trained psychotherapist at HM Prison Wormwood Scrubs in Acton, London said.

Someone who has not experienced such a high-profile trial or is not transgender, however, may face longer delays to receive such support from prison services.

Scarlet Blake, pictured in August last year, was convicted at Oxford Crown Court

Scarlet Blake, pictured in August last year, was convicted at Oxford Crown Court 

The court heard Blake confessed to former partner Ashlynn Bell (pictured), who lives in the US, that she had killed him with a homemade garrotte before throwing his body in the water

The court heard Blake confessed to former partner Ashlynn Bell (pictured), who lives in the US, that she had killed him with a homemade garrotte before throwing his body in the water

As Blake’s case will regarded as a complex one by the board, she will most likely be assigned an ‘offender manager’ who will work with her inside the prison, Ms Taverner explained.

On her arrival in the jail she will be separated as the prison has a ‘duty of care’ towards the murderer. If she were initially mixed in with other offenders she could at risk of harm, the expert added.

Ms Taverener, the founder of Key For Change said: ‘If you put her on the main wing and for example she is raped or beaten up, the prison will have to look at what safeguarding processes that have been put in place. If there isn’t any obviously they are vulnerable.

‘That protocol will have been established when Blake went on remand. It’s the sort of case that gets incredible attention within the system.’

It is unknown which prison Blake will be serving her sentence in.  

Sentencing Blake on Monday, Mr Justice Chamberlain said that the killer had an ‘obsession with harm and death’.

Her own defence lawyer Richard Sutton KC even admitted his client was s dangerous that no parole board would ever feel safe to release her back into society. He offered no mitigation on behalf of his client.

He said: ‘One has to look at Ms Blake’s background and decide that she is in one sense a dangerous person. It is clear that no parole board will feel she is safe to go back into society.’



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