A murderer who killed her cellmate when she was just 18 sucks a mannequin behind bars and has guards mix food after being asked to be treated like a baby.
Sophie Eastwood was jailed for life in 2004 after using shoelaces to strangle a cellmate.
She has now informed the governor of Polmont prison where she is incarcerated that she wants to be treated like a baby, including wearing nappies and having her meals mixed like baby food, reports the Daily Record.
Eastwood also requested that prison officers hold her hand when she is escorted out of her cell.
It is understood that the prison bosses take the requests seriously and think about the protocols that can be established for dealing with the prisoner.
Eastwood has already received a mannequin.
A source said: “This prisoner has been difficult and manipulative over the years which is why she is still behind bars after 17 years.
“She decided she would be ‘trans’ from male to female, which is becoming more and more common in prisons these days.
“But that’s obviously something else and the Scottish Prison Service has no protocol in place for dealing with prisoners who decide they are babies.”
The source added: “Eastwood is a complex and intelligent person but she is quite demanding on prison resources and likes to be the center of attention.
“It’s hard to know if she really feels a natural tendency to be treated like a baby or if it’s just some kind of attention-seeking.
“Modern prisons are very attuned to human rights and the legal implications they entail, so this is given appropriate attention.”
Eastwood, 36, is serving a life sentence for killing 22-year-old Paul Algie in 2004.
She has lived as a woman in prison for four years and completed her 15-year minimum sentence in 2019.
But she remained in safe conditions and should not be released.
The source added: ‘This prisoner has already served the full tariff sentence but has not been advanced through the prison grounds to a place where she can prepare for release.
“There is no current intention to place her in an open prison regime.
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“It has nothing to do with gender issues. She simply refuses to play by the rules or show any inclination or will to live in normal society.
Speaking to the Polmont Prison Daily Record earlier this year, Eastwood claimed she would have already been released had she remained a man.
She said: “In January 2020 I met all the standard criteria to move to less secure conditions except being biologically female.
“The prison service wanted me to have a psychological assessment because I hadn’t had one since I was a woman.
“After that, a manager told me that I would have passed the assessment if I had still lived as a man.
“I found it to be sexist and transphobic. The SPS was suggesting that as a man I was not a risk to the public, but as a woman I was. I don’t think it there is evidence to support this.
Eastwood’s case reveals a troubled life that has spiraled out of control.
Living as a boy then, she was imprisoned in 2004 for dangerous driving. A month before the release date from Dumfries Young Offenders Institution, the inmate strangled 22-year-old Paul Algie with “considerable and prolonged” force.
The staff were so concerned about the violence used that they referred to Eastwood as “Hannibal Lecter Jnr”.
Eastwood was jailed for life and sentenced to serve at least 15 years at Glasgow High Court, and has now served more than 17 years.
The killer said he realized during a psychology session in 2016 that she was not a gay man but rather identified as a woman.
She takes a drug that blocks the production of the male hormone testosterone.
She has been held in female-only units since 2018, at HMP Edinburgh, Polmont and a short stay in Cornton Vale.
She claims to be remorseful saying, “I was 18. To say I had unresolved issues would be a huge understatement.
“I was naive, immature and thought killing my cellmate would cause me to be severed and spend the rest of my life in hospital being treated. I’m sorry and I regret it every day.
An SPS spokesman said: “We cannot comment on individual prisoners.