‘A mother-of-two who allegedly called a transgender woman a man and a ‘racist’ today said her accuser ‘plays the victim card’ to stop people disagreeing with her.
Kate Scottow, 39, is on trial at St Albans Magistrates’ Court for allegedly posting offensive tweets against Stephanie Hayden, who is transgender.
Scottow was arrested at her home in Hitchin, Herfordshire, on December 1, 2018 in front of her then ten-year-old daughter and 20-month-old son. Today, defence lawyer Diana Wilson asked her client: ‘You believe that she [Ms Hayden] plays the victim card to stop people disagreeing with her.’
Scottow replied: ‘I believe that she does that regularly and I feel it is unjust.’
Also today, Ms Hayden said she has been involved ‘in a fair few’ legal cases while being cross-examined by Ms Wilson.
The defence lawyer said Ms Hayden had been involved in three legal battles in a week.
Ms Hayden had complained Scottow referred to her as ‘he’ or ‘him’ during a period of ‘significant online abuse’.
The defendant is currently on trial for allegedly using a public communications network to cause annoyance, inconvenience and anxiety to Ms Hayden between September 2018 and May 2019.
During cross-examination of Ms Hayden today, defence lawyer Diana Wilson said Ms Hayden had been involved in three legal cases in a week.’