Mum who called trans woman ‘he’ on Twitter is CLEARED of wrongdoing


Mum who called trans woman ‘he’ on Twitter is CLEARED of wrongdoing after appealing against conviction

  • Kate Scottow was arrested after allegedly sending tweets to transgender woman
  • Stephanie Hayden had accused Mrs Scottow of causing ‘significant online abuse’
  • St Albans Magistrates’ Court had found Mrs Scottow guilty of persistently using a public communications network to cause annoyance and anxiety in February
  • But now she has been successful in her appeal against the conviction 

A mother has successfully appealed a conviction over calling a transgender woman a man on Twitter.

Kate Scottow, 39, was arrested in December 2018 at her home in front of her then ten-year-old daughter and 20-month-old son.

The arrest followed a number of complaints from activist Stephanie Hayden, 47, who alleged Mrs Scottow had sent tweets referring to her as ‘he’ or ‘him’ during a period of ‘significant online abuse’. 

Mrs Scottow had referred to Miss Hayden online as ‘a pig in a wig’ and had labelled her a racist from an account under the name ‘Busted Wench’.

St Albans magistrates’ court found Mrs Scottow guilty of persistently using a public communications network to cause annoyance and anxiety in February.

But yesterday the mother of two revealed she had been successful in her appeal against the conviction. 

Mrs Scottow wrote on Twitter: ‘Today was my appeal. I no longer have a conviction. Comments will be released later this month or early next year. But I’m free.’

A mother has successfully appealed a conviction over calling a transgender woman a man on Twitter. Kate Scottow, 39, was arrested in December 2018 at her home in front of her then ten-year-old daughter and 20-month-old son

A spokesman for the Crown Prosecution Service said: ‘Following today’s Court of Appeal decision in relation to the conviction of Katherine Scottow, we await the judgment which we will consider carefully in due course.’

Miss Hayden said she was ‘very disappointed’ by the decision.

She added: ‘We won’t know why it was quashed until the judgment is handed down but from a personal point of view I’m very disappointed. I think this now encourages those who would abuse transgender people online to do just that.’

She added: ‘I’m very disappointed I was kept in the dark about this too. I had no idea the appeal was today and didn’t know anything until I saw it on Twitter.’

Mrs Scottow, who was arrested at her home in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, claimed she was then held in a cell for up for seven hours before being questioned.

Boris Johnson criticised the move at the time as an ‘abuse of manpower and police facilities’. 

The arrest followed a number of complaints from activist Stephanie Hayden, 47, who alleged Mrs Scottow had sent tweets referring to her as ‘he’ or ‘him’ during a period of ‘significant online abuse’. Mrs Scottow had referred to Miss Hayden online as ‘a pig in a wig’ and had labelled her a racist from an account under the name ‘Busted Wench’

The arrest followed a number of complaints from activist Stephanie Hayden, 47, who alleged Mrs Scottow had sent tweets referring to her as ‘he’ or ‘him’ during a period of ‘significant online abuse’. Mrs Scottow had referred to Miss Hayden online as ‘a pig in a wig’ and had labelled her a racist from an account under the name ‘Busted Wench’

He wrote in the Daily Telegraph: ‘Is this really the right way to fight crime? Is this what our brave police officers signed up to do? Are you really telling me that it is a sensible ordering of priorities, when violence on the streets would seem to be getting out of control?’

Miss Hayden had told the court: ‘I had been subject to significant online abuse and harassment by internet trolls but a number of those trolls stood out for various reasons and I recall that there was one particular Twitter account which was, at the time, known as Busted Wench.

‘Among all the things I had received at that time, I got a tweet which basically described me as a racist. I was very offended.’ 

The activist, who began medically transitioning in 2007 and was given a gender recognition certificate in 2018, won a landmark case at the High Court in April last year when website Mumsnet was forced to reveal the identity of an anonymous user who had been accused of bullying her online.

In a separate incident Father Ted creator Graham Linehan was given a verbal harassment warning by West Yorkshire Police after Miss Hayden reported him for referring to her by previous names and pronouns on Twitter in 2018.

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