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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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Female robber escaping through a window at the bank

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A female robber trying to escaping through the window after robbing a bank in Adum area of Kumasi in Ghana.

In the video, the lady threw the money down from the window and jumped down to get the money, but she was caught and arrested by the bank’s security operatives.

The details of the lady is still unknown as at the time of filling this report

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South Africa returness receive a token from Lagos State Governor

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Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State gave N20,000 to each 315 Nigerians evacuated from South Africa.

This second batch of returnees arrived a week after another 187 Nigerians fleeing xenophobia came back from South Africa. The returnees arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. The flight, which originated from the OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg was received by Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission and Air Peace Chairman, Allen Onyema. Also on ground was Jermaine Sanwo-Olu, Senior Special Assistant to the Lagos State Governor on Diaspora.

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