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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.

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 Randy West – 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.

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