Woman blames former male side for vicious attack
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 â then known as Randy West â briefly moved in with Susan McIntosh and they had a son.
After the couple separated, West secretly began treatments to prepare for a sex-change operation, inititally claiming to be undergoing cancer treatment.
In January 2003, West travelled to Montreal for the surgery.
In July 2004, Cara-Ann went to McIntosh's house in Surrey and beat her with a tire iron, striking her 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.