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Mon 29 Mar, 2010
By Danielle Carter

To allow a sex-swap double life-sentence prisoner and a murderess to marry is grotesque.

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A double killer is getting married behind bars after being switched to a women's jail following a sex change - and falling for a lesbian murderess.

Strangler Douglas Wakefield, 61, has won permission to get hitched in the prison chapel.

Lags will be guests at the civil partnership ceremony as the convicted killer - who underwent gender reassignment and is now called "Tai" - recites vows with mum-of-three Thelma Purchase, 45, a fellow lifer.

It follows another wedding earlier this month at New Hall Prison near Wakefield, West Yorks - of killers Amanda Fitzpatrick and Debbie Ware.

Fitzpatrick, 25, was jailed for life for the murder of her brother-in-law with scissors and lesbian Ware, 31, stabbed a shopkeeper in a robbery.

Last night a furious MP blasted the prison nuptials.

Tory Philip Davies said: "It is incredible this can be allowed. The criminal justice system is becoming a joke."

Wakefield was caged 36 years ago for strangling his uncle, beating him with a hammer and stabbing him 48 times with a garden fork in Gipton, Leeds.

The father of two became notorious as one of the most dangerous MEN in jail after killing an inmate at Parkhurst and twice taking prison officers hostage.

He clocked up more than 1,000 hours in solitary.

He has been married twice, once behind bars. His £11,000 sex op in the '90s came after he started wearing earrings and decorated his cell with lace curtains and flowers.

Wakefield was then transferred to New Hall, where Purchase began her life sentence two years ago.

She was jailed for a minimum of 30 years after getting a job caring for a disabled man - who she suffocated to get her hands on £70,000 he left her in his will.

The pair must pay their £345 wedding costs out of money they have saved.

A prison source said: "To allow a sex-swap double life-sentence prisoner and a murderess to marry is grotesque.

"But the management don't think there is anything wrong with it."

The Prison Service insisted: "Prisoners are entitled to apply to the governor to register a civil partnership."


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