Trans Tory MP gets just 6 month ban after fleeing car crash scene in skirt and heels
A Transgender Conservative MP, Jamie Wallis has been banned from the road for just six months after crashing his Mercedes while wearing high heels and a black leather PVC mini-skirt, then fleeing the scene.
Mr Wallis, who has represented Bridgend since 2019, was found guilty of failing to stop, failing to report the collision, and leaving a vehicle in a dangerous position after hitting a lamppost on Church Road in Llanblethian, South Wales, on November 28.
However, he was today found not guilty of driving without due care and attention by District Judge Tan Ikram at Cardiff Magistrates' Court.
Mr Wallis was disqualified from driving for six months and fined £2,500.
The MP was also ordered to pay additional costs of £620 and a victim surcharge of £190 within 14 days.
The politician, 38, was wearing a black leather mini-skirt, high heels, and a pearl necklace at the time of the late-night collision - which he said was caused by him swerving to avoid a cat on the road.
Local residents were startled after hearing the crash - which was louder than a 'firework' - before they went outside and found Mr Wallis dressed in women's clothing.
The MP, who came out as transgender in March, was wearing makeup and red lipstick when he was arrested, according to the duty police officer.
Wallis claims he left the scene of the crash out of fear he would be 'raped, killed or kidnapped' due to post-traumatic stress disorder which he developed after allegedly being raped in September.
He was arrested the morning after the crash on suspicion of 'driving whilst unfit'.
The MP, from Cowbridge, claims that the crash happened after he tried to swerve away from a cat that had run on to the street in front of his Mercedes.
Mr Wallis said: 'A cat ran out from left to right in front of me. I just instinctively swerved. I didn't think about it. I just swerved to avoid the cat. That's when the collision happened.
'It was the worst accident that I have been involved in. It was quite powerful.'
Wallis, who became the first Tory to win the seat of Bridgend since the 1980s when he was elected in 2019, said that he had 'considerable pain' in his head and neck after the crash.
Carina Hughes, prosecuting, said residents Adrian Watson and Natalie Webb were having a gathering when just after 1am they heard a 'very loud bang, significantly louder than a domestic firework'.
Mr Webb said he went outside and saw amber flashing lights and that a Mercedes E-Class saloon had crashed into the lamppost.
Mr Watson said he looked inside the car and saw 'a white male wearing a white long-sleeve top which was tight to the body, a black leather PVC mini-skirt, tights, dark shoes with a high heel and a pearl necklace'.
When he asked Wallis if he was okay, Mr Watson said the male said: 'I'm sorting it. I'm sorting it.'
Mr Watson said he was going to call the police and that Wallis began walking away from the scene. He followed him and witnessed him make two phone calls, and during one he claimed he was being 'accosted'.
He was then picked up by his father in a Land Rover Discovery.
Police Sergeant Gareth Handy said that when he attended Wallis' family home address, which he described as a 'mansion' and 'absolutely colossal', he forced entry into the property out of concern for the MP.
Mr Handy said Wallis was eventually found in one of the rooms of the house and when he got to the room he said: 'I saw Jamie had make-up on his face.'
When police searched his flat at the property, they found a 'blonde wig' on a table, the court heard.
Pc Louis Hall found Wallis in a bedroom within the house asleep and said: 'He appeared to be wearing make-up. His eyelids were dark, his lips were red and his cheeks were bronzed, and he had red nail polish on his toes.'
The black leather skirt and pearl necklace were found next to the bed and were seized by police.
He was arrested at 7.21am.
Asked to describe the incident in September 2021, Wallis said: 'In September, I was raped.' He confirmed to court that the attack was penetrative.
Wallis continued: 'It was profoundly distressing and traumatised. I became obsessed with what happened, I kept thinking about it, having nightmares and flashbacks.
'I would wake up in the middle of the night believing he was in my flat. I was hyper-anxious, and hyper-alert.'
He claims he left the scene of the crash because he had a 'PTSD attack' and felt 'vulnerable' and 'as if I was going to be attacked again'.
In a prepared statement to police, the MP said he was in 'pain and shock' after the collision.
'I noticed a group of people approaching and felt anxious. Due to my medical condition and time of the day and the weather conditions I felt I needed to get away. When I got home I took my medication and felt drowsy.
'I have been recently diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder.'
The court heard Wallis 'fully intended' to report the incident to police as soon as he was able.
Miss Hughes said phone records showed he sent text messages and made phonecalls between 1.32am and 1.42am.
But Wallis claimed he was incapable of ringing 999 due to his 'state of shock.'
Miss Hughes said after returning home Wallis was able to lock the door, undress, find medication and move from his flat to the main house to find a bedroom.
She said: 'All that with your mobile phone in your possession.
'There was no reason why you couldn't send a message or phone the police or ask somebody else to phone police.'
While being cross-examined, Wallis said he had been driving 'relatively slow' when he saw the cat because he was approaching a double bend.
Ms Hughes said: 'You hit it with such force that the pole snapped. The reason you hit the pole isn't because there was a cat, you were driving without due care and attention and resulted in you losing control and driving into that wall and telegraph pole.'
Convicting Wallis of the other three charges, Judge Ikran said: 'I am going to be upfront. I didn't find the defendant credible in the evidence he gave.
'When I watched him give evidence it seemed to me not only was he fitting his own behaviour around the behaviour of PTSD, and his actions on the night does not suggest he was overwhelmed and acting out of fear that night.
'Having PTSD is not a defence. What the prosecution have proved to me he was able to make decisions that night - he made bad decisions.
'I am sure he was not prevented through PTSD to giving details or particulars and report the accident soon after.
'He made a decision he didn't want to be there and made a decision to ring his father.
'Through all of that period he could have rung 999 or 101 - he didn't. I am sure he didn't through a conscious choice, not through being overwhelmed or acting irrationally.'
Wallis became the first MP in the UK to come out as transgender in March this year.
His statement revealed he had been diagnosed with gender dysphoria having 'felt this way since I was a very young child' and that he wants to transition to be a woman.
He also said he had been raped and blackmailed, and was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
The message was posted online shortly before 3am on March 30, after a gathering for Tory MPs at which Mr Johnson reportedly made a joke about trans issues.
In the statement at the time, posted on Twitter, he explained crashing his Mercedes and fleeing the scene was as a result of suffering an incident weeks earlier following a date with a man he met online.
He said he 'wants to be' trans and is 'not ok' after someone tried to extort cash from him in return for silence about his secret.
His blackmailer was jailed for two years and nine months in 2021, he added.
In the statement, Mr Wallis said: 'I'm trans. Or to be more accurate, I want to be. I've been diagnosed with gender dysphoria and I've felt this way since I was a very young child.
'I had no intention of ever sharing this with you. I always imagined I would leave politics well before I ever said this out loud.
'I was reminded of the incredible support those you work with can provide. Also, I was reminded how important it is to be yourself. I have never lived my truth and I'm not sure how. Perhaps it starts with telling everyone.
'There was a close call in April 2020 when someone blackmailed me, outed me to my father and sent photographs to other family members. He wanted £50,000 to keep it quiet.'
Following the post, the now outgoing Prime Minister, Boris Johnson praised him for his bravery, and politicians from across the political spectrum publicly expressed their support for the MP.
Wallis studied chemistry at Oxford University and was a director of a data recovery firm before entering politics and winning his seat in December 2019, managing to oust Labour's Madeleine Moon, who had held the constituency for 14 years.
In February this year, Wallis was also fined £270 and received three points on his licence at Cardiff Magistrates' Court after admitting the offence of crossing a solid white line while driving a Mercedes on the A48 in August 2021.
THIS is the conduct of a so called 'Conservative' MP!
These people ARE NOT FIT FOR OFFICE! It is time to join a party that ACTUALLY cares about the British people and doesn't CONDONE this degeneracy!
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