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Mother ordered to pay £300 compensation to transwoman over ‘transphobic’ comments during Twitter row

Mother of two ordered to pay £300 in damages to trans woman for her ‘transphobic’ comments during angry Twitter exchange over female releases… after she appeared in court wearing a badge that reads ‘trans women are men’

  • Chinzia Ogilvie was involved in a seven-hour Twitter spat with Ivy Burrows
  • Ogilvie, 43, was accused of sending ‘transphobic’ messages to the trans woman
  • Ms Burrows said comments about her genitals made her feel ‘violated’
  • A district judge ordered Ogilvie to pay Mrs Burrows £300 and not contact her

A mother of two must pay damages and not be allowed to contact a transgender woman after an argument over whether she can use women’s toilets.

Chinzia Ogilvie was involved in a social media spat with Ivy Burrows, in which she was accused of sending “transphobic” messages that “invited hatred” against her.

The 43-year-old, who came to court in Portsmouth wearing a ‘trans women are men’ badge, vehemently argued that Ms Burrows should not be allowed to use women-only facilities, such as shared changing rooms.

The seven-hour exchange is said to have left Ms Burrows “afraid” and “disturbed”, while during the discussion it was suggested she might be a pedophile, Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court heard.

Chinzia Ogilvie (pictured) was accused of making 'transphobic' comments to Ivy Burrows during Twitter spat

Chinzia Ogilvie (pictured) was accused of making ‘transphobic’ comments to Ivy Burrows during Twitter spat

The spat broke out after trans woman Ms Burrows made a comment on Twitter about the suffragette movement on October 2 last year, tagging Ogilvie.

The court heard that the couple had previously shared “diametrically opposite views” on the platform.

Prosecutor Graham Heath told the hearing that as the debate degenerated, Ogilvie made abusive comments about the victim’s genitals, leaving her “feeling horrific, violated and humiliated.”

However, Tim Sparkes’ defense insisted that Ms. Burrows was not a “vulnerable victim” but a “political activist” who had started the conversation and was also the first to use a derogatory word.

Ogilvie came to court with a sticker that read 'trans women are men'.  Portsmouth Magistrates' Court heard she and Mrs Burrows 'have diametrically opposed views'

Ogilvie came to court with a sticker that read ‘trans women are men’. Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court heard she and Mrs Burrows ‘have diametrically opposed views’

He said the couple had known each other for five years and exchanged views.

Mr Sparkes told the court: “They have diametrically opposed views that they have put forward on a number of occasions, so it is not a new relationship or a new argument. Both put themselves in the public domain.’

He described the ‘discussion point’ as targeting Ms Burrows who felt that ‘transgender people should be allowed to use women’s facilities, while the defendant takes the opposite view’.

He claimed that Ms. Burrows was the first to use a derogatory word before Ogilvie reacted and “lost her temper.”

Mr Sparkes added: ‘It’s hard to say Ivy is a vulnerable victim. She is not. She was an essential part of the conversation.

“When you’re the one who starts the conversation, it’s hard to see how you’re showing vulnerabilities.”

Ogilvie of Portsmouth, Hampshire, admitted to sending an abusive and obscene message via public communications during the exchange.

In a “victim impact statement” read in court, Ms Burrows said Ogilvie “misjudged me” during the exchange on the public platform seen by other people.

Ogilvie was ordered by a district judge of the Portsmouth Magistrates' Court to pay Mrs Burrows £300 (pictured)

Ogilvie was ordered by a district judge of the Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court to pay Mrs Burrows £300 (pictured)

She added: “The comments about my genitals were demeaning and degrading. It has caused me to become anxious and prevent me from going outside.

“The fear the defendant has inflicted on me has made me reconsider who I am and return to the closet.

‘I am a transgender woman and I am afraid of the consequences.

“Her bullying made it difficult for me to come out as a transgender woman in Portsmouth.”

District Judge David Robinson told Ogilvie that her transgender views were not criminal, but her “behavior became criminal” with the abusive posts “showing hostility” to transgender identification.

“The comments Ivy and others saw humiliated and humiliated her and tried to sexualize her and suggest that she was a pedophile,” he added.

Ogilvie was sentenced to one year of community service with 120 hours of unpaid work and 15 days of rehabilitation.

She was also ordered to pay £300 in damages, a £95 surcharge and costs of £85 and handed a restraining order against contacting the victim for 12 months.

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