A TRANSGENDER rapist convicted of attacks on two women attended a college course in North Ayrshire while awaiting trial.

Isla Bryson attended a beauty course at Ayrshire College’s Kilwinning campus in 2021, after being charged with rape, according to STV News.

Bryson, previously known as Adam Graham, was found guilty this week of raping one woman in Clydebank in 2016 and another in Drumchapel, Glasgow in 2019.

Ayrshire College confirmed Bryson, who is now aged 31, was enrolled at the Kilwinning campus for three months in 2021 and said the college had no prior knowledge of the charges against them.

Bryson, who has been remanded in custody while awaiting sentence, was initially held at Cornton Vale women’s prison near Stirling following her conviction on Tuesday at the High Court in Glasgow.

But after concerns were raised by MSPs and women’s groups about the safety of other Cornton Vale inmates, Bryson was moved to the men’s prison at HMP Edinburgh.

Speaking at First Minister's Questions at Holyrood on Thursday, Nicola Sturgeon said: "In respect of any prisoner, it would not be appropriate for me to give details of where they are being incarcerated.

“However, given the understandable public and parliamentary concern around this case, I confirm to members that the prisoner will not be incarcerated in Cornton Vale women’s prison.

“I hope that that provides assurance to the public, not least the victims in this particular case.”

Bryson is due to be sentenced next month.