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Transgender woman has rape charges dropped after chasing taxi driver in ‘comical scenes’

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A transgender woman accused of raping a man has had charges against her dropped. A court was told that Katie Brannen, 25, chased a taxi driver round his car in ‘almost comical’ scenes because she couldn’t run in her high-heels while drunk.

The case can only be reported now after Brannen pleaded guilty to a public order offence. Brannen got into an argument with a taxi driver outside Magic Flame, a takeaway in Newcastle city centre. Brennan, who has a history of making off without payment, initially refused to leave the cab but eventually got out.

Prosecutor Julie Clemitson told the court: ‘She got back in at some point and ultimately ended up, in an almost comical fashion, given that she was intoxicated and wearing high heels, chasing the taxi driver around his taxi. ‘There was some sort of physical contact. What took place was largely ineffectual.’

Judge Paul Sloan QC sentenced Brannen to a conditional discharge for 12 months and ordered her to pay £100 costs. The court heard she had served three months either in custody or on a tagged curfew while the case progressed through the courts, which is the equivalent of a six-month jail term. Judge Sloan told her: ‘At a time when you were in drink you became involved in an unpleasant altercation with a taxi driver.

‘In reality, you have served a very significant custodial sentence, indeed a longer sentence than would normally have been imposed for this offence.’ Gavin Doig, defending, said: ‘Miss Brannen must stop getting herself intoxicated and coming into dispute with people in the street or in taxis. ‘This was an unfortunate incident.

She has already served more than the maximum.’ The court heard Brannen has previous convictions for 42 offences including public order, being drunk and disorderly and making off without payment.

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Victor osimhen bags player of the month award

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Lille’s Nigeria international Victor Osimhen has been named September’s French Ligue 1 Player of the Month.

The 20-year-old striker, who joined the club in August from Belgian side RSC Charleroi, scored twice and provided two assists in five matches last month as Lille climbed into the top five.

“It’s been an amazing time at this club and to get this award is surreal,” says Osimhen

“I’m grateful to those who voted, thankful to my teammates, our backroom staff and the entire Lille fans for the love.

“I never expected this to happen so soon but I guess this is what comes when you are surrounded by great players, loved ones and the blessings of God.”

Osimhen saw off the challenges of Monaco’s Algerian international Islam Slimani and veteran Nantes defender Nicolas Pallois to the monthly honour awarded by the Player’s Union (UNFP).

He succeeds Angola-born Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga, who won the August award and became the youngest ever winner at the age of 16.

An incredible two months for Osimhen in the colours of Lille has resulted in eight goals in 11 appearances for the northern club.

Osimhen was the top scorer as Nigeria clinched a fifth Under-17 World Cup title in 2015 with 10 goals in Chile, which saw him win the Golden Boot and Silver Ball.

He also scored on his full debut for Nigeria in a 2-2 friendly draw against Ukraine in September.

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Man United sweating over De Gea fitness

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Manchester united has suffer injury blow after David de Gea picked up a muscle injury on international duty, Spain took no chances to substitute him with Kepa Arrizabalaga in 60minutes.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has not given any update on his fitness ahead of Manchester United’s clash with Liverpool.

The United goalkeeper appeared to tweak a hamstring while taking a goal kick during the second half of Spain’s Euro 2020 qualifier with Sweden on Tuesday night.

They face current league leaders Liverpool who possess a potent front three in Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane and Solskjaer will be desperately hoping his star goalkeeper will be fit, with United on a woeful run of form.

While, United could be without their De gea and Paul pogba this weekend, Liverpool are set to welcome back their star goalkeeper Alisson.

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