A mother-of-two who called a transgender woman a 'pig in a wig' has been convicted of sending offensive tweets as protestors assembled outside court.
Kate Scottow, 39, was today found guilty of persistently making use of a public communications network to cause annoyance, inconvenience, and anxiety to Stephanie Hayden, 48, between September 2018 and last May.
The 'radical feminist' was accused of deliberately 'misgendering' Ms Hayden by referring to her as 'he' or 'him' during a period of 'significant online abuse'.
Scottow had been arrested by police officers last year at her home in Pirton near Hitchin, Hertfordshire, in front of her daughter 10, and son, 20 months.
Though Scottow's lawyer Diana Wilson claimed that Ms Hayden was a 'serial complainant' with past convictions, and had benefitted from an alleged police failure to investigate the case properly, the judge found Scottow guilty.
Kate Scottow (pictured on February 7) was today found guilty of persistently making use of a public communications network to cause annoyance, inconvenience, and anxiety to transgender woman Stephanie Hayden between September 2018 and last May
District Judge Margaret Dodd told Scottow that she made deliberate and persistent use of male pronouns, and had caused Ms Hayden 'needless anxiety'.
This comes as a High Court judge today ruled that a former officer's tweets were lawful, and police had breached his right to free expression by behaving like 'the Stasi' when they turned up at his work to brand it a 'hate incident'.
Harry Miller, 54, had been told by police at work that the 30 'transphobic' messages he had tweeted or retweeted were being recorded as a 'hate incident'.
But the judge ruled that his tweets were 'lawful', slamming police for acting like the Stasi, and warned: 'We have never lived in an Orwellian society.'
Whereas Mr Miller celebrated on the steps of the High Court holding a banner which read 'we love free speech', Scottow was found guilty of sending offensive tweets.
Her supporters today gathered outside St Albans Magistrates' Court to protest the verdict, chanting 'pig in a wig' and 'he's a man - go on prosecute me'.
Holding banners which read 'we love free speech', the mob tied scarves in the purple, green, and white of the Suffragettes to lampposts outside.
Scottow's supporters gathered outside St Albans Magistrates' Court to protest the verdict, chanting 'pig in a wig' and 'he's a man - go on prosecute me'
Trumpeting her Gender Recognition Certificate, Ms Hayden (pictured) told the court how Scottow was bound by law to refer to her as a woman. She argued that the defendant was guilty of 'harassment' and had 'misgendered' her just 'to annoy people like me'
By Joe Middleton for MailOnline
A former officer's 'transphobic' tweets were lawful and police breached his right to freedom of expression by behaving like 'the Stasi' when they turned up at his work to brand it a 'hate incident', a judge has ruled.
Harry Miller, 54, who founded the campaign group Fair Cop, after speaking with an officer in a Tesco car park, said the police's actions had a 'substantial chilling effect' on his right to free speech.
The married father-of-four, who is from Lincolnshire, claims an officer told him that he had not committed a crime, but that the 30 messages he had tweeted or retweeted was being recorded as a 'hate incident'.
The complaint was received by Scotland Yard from a 'victim' who then in