– Trans activist cleared of breaking law after telling crowd to “punch a Terf”
– Baker returned to prison anyway for breaching licence conditions
– Baker believed his job was “to get on the front page of the papers”
Sarah Jane Baker, 54, of Richmond-upon-Thames, southwest London, was recently acquitted of encouraging assault at a rally in London on July 8th. Baker had shouted into a microphone: “I was gonna come here and be really fluffy and be really nice and say be really lovely and queer and gay, nah if you see a Terf, punch them in the f**king face.”
The defendant denied intentionally encouraging the commission of an offence, and argued [he] was exercising [his] “freedom of expression” when [he] gave the speech on behalf of the ‘Trans Prisoners Alliance’. Baker was first jailed in 1989 for kidnap and attempted murder and served 30 years in prison.
Despite the prosecution claiming the words were capable of encouraging members of the crowd to commit offences of battery against people known as “Terfs”, Baker was still acquitted of the charge. The prosecutor argued intent was the only issue, yet this was not enough to convict.
Baker will now be held at men’s prison HMP Wandsworth until a parole hearing, which may not take place until March.
This case raises questions about the motivations behind the prosecution and the implications of the acquittal. It appears that hate speech is becoming increasingly accepted in certain circles, and those responsible face no repercussions.
A trans activist who served 30 years in jail for kidnap and attempted murder has been cleared of breaking the law by telling a crowd at a rally to “punch a Terf” – as he is recalled to prison anyway for breaching his licence conditions. The Mail has the story.
Sarah Jane Baker, 54, of Richmond-upon-Thames, southwest London, will now be held at men’s prison HMP Wandsworth until a parole hearing, which may not take place until March.
It comes after [he] was yesterday cleared of encouraging assault while at the London Trans+ Pride march from Trafalgar Square to Wellington Arch in London on July 8th.
A recording played of the march shows the activist shouting into microphone: “I was gonna come here and be really fluffy and be really nice and say be really lovely and queer and gay, nah if you see a Terf, punch them in the f**king face.”
Trans campaigners use the acronym Terf as a derogatory term for people who do not align with their own views. It stands for ‘trans-exclusionary radical feminist’.
Baker was first jailed in 1989, aged 19, for kidnapping and torturing [his] stepmother’s 19-year-old brother.
[He] was later given a life sentence for the attempted murder of a fellow inmate while in prison – of which [he] served 30 years before [his] release in 2019, making [him] the U.K.’s longest-serving trans prisoner.
After appearing at the central London rally last month, Baker was reported to police and arrested at [his] home and taken to Charing Cross Police Station on July 12th.
The defendant denied intentionally encouraging the commission of an offence, namely assault by beating. Baker accepted [he] said the words but denied intent.
[He] appeared at City of London Magistrates Court for trial on Thursday wearing a green top and red beret.
[He] told the court [he] believed [his] job at the protest was “to get on the front page of the papers”.
[He] added: “I believe my job was to get on the front page of the papers, my job is to get the public to know that transgender people exist.”
Baker insisted [he] was exercising [his] “freedom of expression” when [he] gave the speech on behalf of the ‘Trans Prisoners Alliance’.
Prosecutor Kabir Sondhi told the court [his] speech on behalf of the group had been made to a crowd at Wellington Arch.
He said: “The words were clearly capable of encouraging members of the assembled crowd to go out and commit offences of battery against people, [Mr.] Baker referred to as “Terfs”, by punching them or otherwise assaulting them.
“The prosecution say not only is [Mr.] Baker’s intention gleamed by [his] particular use of words in [his] speech but also [his] admissions and comments during [his] arrest later. The issue of the case seems to be one solely of intent.”
A convicted criminal tells a crowd of activists from a movement known to inflict violence on women who oppose it to “punch a Terf” and gets off? Looks like we need to add ‘hate speech’ to the long list of woke crimes that only go one way.
Worth reading in full.