Sarah Preece

Sarah Preece, right, and Kate Phizackerley Photo via Kent Online

Sarah Preece, a male who identifies as a trans woman, was deemed mentally unfit to plead (and therefore acquitted) at Canterbury Crown Court in February 2018, after being charged with sending an email and a message that conveyed threats with the intent of causing distress or anxiety to its readers.

The case was brought by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) after police were made aware of an emailed threat to disrupt the Canterbury Crown Court computer network on January 15 unless a judge resigned.

The message was also sent to a local newspaper website website saying “We have given the judge 21 days to stand down or take early retirement before we launch attacks against both Canterbury Crown Court and the CPS. “We expect public statements from each of them, as demanded, to be published in this news outlet within 21 days or face total chaos.

Kent Police, with the help of the National Crime Agency, executed a warrant at an address in Croydon and arrested two people described as “a 32-year-old woman and a 53-year-old woman” on suspicion of blackmail and offences under the Malicious Communications Act. A earlier newspaper article on an unrelated matter describes Preece as living in Croydon with 50 year old partner, Kate Phizackerley.

 

Media reports

Kent Gazette https://www.pressreader.com/uk/kentish-gazette-canterbury-district/20180208/282076277322583 archive

Kent Online http://www.kentonline.co.uk/canterbury/news/court-faces-cyber-chaos-unless-80392/ archive 

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