UK: Mother Arrested on Suspicion of ‘Malicious Communication’ After Calling a Transgender Woman a Man on Twitter
- Police officers detained Kate Scottow, 38, at her home in Hitchin, Hertfordshire
- More than two months after her arrest and she has had neither her mobile phone or laptop returned
- The complaints made by activist Stephanie Hayden led to arrest of Mrs Scottow
A mother was arrested in front of her
children and locked up for seven hours after referring to a transgender
woman as a man online.
Three officers detained Kate Scottow at her home before quizzing her at a police station about an argument with an activist on Twitter over so-called ‘deadnaming’.
The 38-year-old, from Hitchin, Hertfordshire, had her photograph, DNA and fingerprints taken and remains under investigation.
More than two months after her arrest on December 1, she has had neither her mobile phone or laptop returned, which she says is hampering her studies for a Masters in forensic psychology.
Writing on online forum Mumsnet, Mrs
Scottow – who has also been served with a court order that bans her from
referring to her accuser as a man – claimed: ‘I was arrested in my home
by three officers, with my autistic ten-year-old daughter and breastfed
20-month-old son present.
‘I was then
detained for seven hours in a cell with no sanitary products (which I
said I needed) before being interviewed then later released under
investigation … I was arrested for harassment and malicious
communications because I called someone out and misgendered them on