A mother of two who claimed a transgender woman was a pedophile has been issued with a restraining order and ordered to pay compensation.
Chinzia Ogilvie clashed with Ivy Burrows on Twitter over whether she should be allowed to use “female facilities” like dressing rooms.
A court heard their seven-hour exchange go nasty.
Prosecutor Graham Heath told the hearing that Portsmouth’s Ogilvie had made offensive comments about the victim’s genitals which “made her feel disgusted, hurt and humiliated”.
Ms Burrows is said to have been “terrified” and “distressed” after the exchange, which was also suspected to be a paedophile.
Ogilvie, who appeared in court with a badge that read ‘trans women are men’, had previously shared ‘diametrically opposite views’ with Ivy, also from Portsmouth, on the platform.
She is said to have sent transphobic messages “inviting” hatred towards Ms Burrows.
Tim Sparkes, defending herself, insisted Ms Burrows was not a “vulnerable victim” but a “political activist” who started the conversation and was also the first to use a derogatory word.
He said the couple have known each other for five years and exchanged opinions.
Mr Sparkes told the court: “They have diametrically opposed views on a number of occasions, so it’s not a new relationship or a new argument.
“Both have made themselves public.”
He described the “point of discussion” as focusing on Ms Burrows, who believed “transgender people should be allowed to use female facilities, with the defendant taking the opposite view”.
Mr Sparkes added: “When you’re a conversation starter it’s difficult to see how vulnerable you are.”
Ogilvie admitted a charge of sending an abusive and obscene message through public communications during the exchange on October 2 last year.
In a “victim impact statement” read at Portsmouth Crown Court, Ms Burrows said Ogilvie “misgendered” me during the public exchange.
She added: “The comments about my genitals were demeaning and demeaning. It has caused me to be anxious and discouraged from going out.
“The fear the defendant caused me made me reconsider who I am and think about going back into the closet.
“I’m a transgender woman and I’m scared of the consequences.
“Your harassment has made it difficult for me to be out and about in Portsmouth as a transgender woman.”
District Judge David Robinson told Ogilvie her views were not criminal but that her “behaviour became criminal” with the offensive messages of “demonstrating hostility”.
He added, “The comments Ivy and others saw humiliated and degraded her and attempted to sexualize her and suggest that she is a pedophile.”
Ogilvie received a one-year community directive with 120 hours of unpaid word and 15 days of rehabilitation.
She was also ordered to pay £300 in damages, a £95 surcharge and £85 in costs and was given an injunction not to contact the victim for 12 months.
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