Dave McConnell vs Crown Prosecution Service
Appealing a conviction for a public order offence; misgendering
Dave McConnell, 42, from Wakefield, was the first street preacher to be prosecuted and reported to counter-terrorism for alleged ‘misgendering’, is appealing his conviction this week at Leeds Crown Court.
Mr. McConnell was reported by the Probation Service to the government’s counter-terrorism watchdog, Prevent, after he was arrested under section 4A Public Order Act 1986 and convicted for ‘offending’ a member of the public in Leeds City Centre on 8 June 2021.He was convicted, made to pay costs of £620, forced to do 80 hours of community service and reported to Prevent.
The appeal hearing was heard at Leeds Crown Court on 9th March 2023.
The conviction was overturned on appeal. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has granted leave to appeal.
Overview of case from Christian Concern
Live tweet threads
9 March 2023 morning - Prosecution (B1) examines witnesses Farrah Menir, Jordan Dennies & PC Brown
9 March 2023 afternoon - PC Brown continues to give evidence and Defence examines evidence of appellant, David McConnell. Judge gives his ruling.
A or DM - Appellant, Dave McConnell
Crown - Crown (this is a criminal case)
J - Judge
B1 - Barrister for Apellant (will use initials when names known.
B2 - Barrister for Crown
PS - Probation Service
CPS - Crown Prosecution Service
PBA - Public Order Act
ECHR - European Convention Human Rights
TW - Transwoman
DQ - Drag Queen
FM - Farrah Menir, complainant
JD - Jordan Brown, complainant's friend
PCB - PC Brown, arresting officer of David McConnell
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10 March 2023
The Times - Preacher who misgendered trans woman did not break law
9th March 2023
Christian Concern - Win for street preacher as ‘misgendering’ conviction overturned
Yorkshire evening news - Leeds street preacher who referred to transgender woman as a man during Briggate sermon has conviction quashed
Leeds Live - Leeds preacher who misgendered trans woman has conviction overturned citing 'free speech'
BBC - Leeds preacher's sentence for trans woman's harassment quashed
Independent - Christian street preacher found guilty of harassing transgender woman has conviction quashed
Fox News - First UK street preacher reported as terrorist for 'misgendering' wins appeal: 'Orwellian and really alarming'
Talk TV - Preacher guilty of harassing transwoman by calling them a 'man' has conviction overturned
7 March 2023
Christian Concern - Street preacher appeals conviction for ‘misgendering’
Daily Mail - Christian street preacher reported to counterterrorism squad