UK's 1st Transgender 'Hate Crime' Trial Halted By Judge: 'There Is No Case'
Campaigners have touted the decision as a victory for free speech
A judge has halted Britain's first ever transgender hate crime prosecution declaring that ‘there is no case and never was a case.’
Miranda Yardley, 51, was accused of 'harassing' a transgender activist on twitter and was subsequently put ‘through ten months of hell’ after being dragged through the courts for an alleged 'hate crime.'
But the case was dismissed by District Judge John Woollard after just a one-day hearing, citing there was zero evidence any crime had been committed.
Following the ruling, campaigners have touted the decision as a victory for free speech, while Yardley accused police were being used to ‘enforce a political ideology.’
The historic hearing at Basildon Magistrates’ Court in Essex highlighted the politicized divisions within the transgender community.
Although Yardley, who describes himself as transsexual but identifies as a man, insists that individuals cannot change sex, which drew a massive backlash from the LGBT community.
He gave evidence against his accusers, Helen Islan, who is married with children but work for the trans advocacy group Mermaids and campaigns for children who want to change gender.
The court heard that one of Islan's children is transgender.
The friction began on a discussion twitter regarding self-identification, which allows people to identify as transgender by merely declaring themselves male or female.
Concerns were also raised about how the powerful trans lobby were slowly removing women's rights by allowing transgender women, who are born male, into female-only spaces.
The argued that those details, in particular, was a threat to women.
Ms. Islan, who hid behind a pseudonym, accused her opponents of ‘spreading hysteria.’
But in response, Yardley unmasked Islan, tweeting a picture and a link to her real identity.Accuser Helen Islan, who works with the trans advocacy group Mermaids, gave evidence via video link
The tweet also referenced Islan's transgender child, which she argued ‘outed’ him.
She then claimed the exposure led to her being harassed and the post made her ‘stressed and sick.’
Her complaint was originally dealt with West Yorkshire Police before being passed to colleagues in Essex, who moved the allegations to a more serious 'hate crime.'
But the court defense cited pages of social media posts in which exposed Islan freely tweeting about her trans child, about him taking blockers, that he had ‘come out’ at school.
The court also discovered that a simple Google search could find Islan's personal details.
Judge Woollard said: "Where is the evidence [of harassment] taking into account the need for free speech? You have to show a course of conduct, and at the moment we have one tweet.
Where is the evidence for Miranda Yardley outing Ms. Islan’s son?’ Later he threw out the case and awarded costs to the defendant.
Yardley told The Mail on Sunday afterward that he was ‘horrified’ by the decision to charge him, saying: ‘I faced losing everything I worked for."
Barrister Amanda Jones said: "The police and the CPS routinely ignore rape threats, death threats and abusive material targeted at women online.
The entire criminal justice system is falling apart from underfunding, and this case appears to have been a complete waste of public funds."
Comedian Graham Linehan, who criticized trans activists for attempting to ‘close down’ free speech,' said: "This is about ideology, and everyone who has tried to speak up against it is shut down, and the activists are using every means they can to do this, including the courts.’"
But Police said yesterday: ‘We take all reports of hate crime incidents seriously.’
Essex Police said yesterday: ‘We take all reports of hate crime incidents seriously.’