14 months later she was tried under section 127 (2) of Comms Act for "persistently using a public electronic comms network for purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety"
-> up to 6 mths prison, up to £5K fine
The court heard about 15 (!) tweets posted over a 7 month period Sept 18 - Mar 19
This is how it began: In September 2018 Kate had tweeted: “Lets hope they take a serious stance on your racism”.
"I was furious & distressed [about Kate's tweet].... I decided to research the account and several others....”
Hayden wrote to Kate's university and then contacted Kate via FB msg & threatened an injunction.
"Looks like its time to make an example of one of you!"
The Times reported on the secret Facebook group which was targeting gender critical academics
“File a hate crime report against her [Kath Stock...] Drag them over the f***ing coals" wrote one group member
Verdict due on Friday
The media has so far reported the tweets as a playground spat
But its worth bearing in mind the context of a systematic targeting of women in universities to be dragged over the coals as an example to others