A COUPLE branded their transgender neighbour a “fairy” and a “freak” in a bitter row over a tree, a court heard today.
Robert and Amanda Marshall allegedly flew into rage after Kate Vovro trimmed eucalyptus trees that overhung in to her back garden.
They hurled branches and debris into her garden – landing in her outdoor swimming pool – causing her to retreat to safety upstairs, a court heard.
Airbnb guests that were staying at the home in Verwood, Dorset, were forced to leave with a full refund after Robert Marshall, 49, kicked a wooden fence, it was said.
Footage shown to Poole JPs and filmed by Kate, whose legal name is Paul Hockey, showed her being dubbed a “gutless freak”.
Giving evidence today, she said: “Calling me a gutless freak makes me feel insulted.
“Why am I a freak? Because I dress as a woman?
They were shouting and hollering at me and to my mind calling me a fairy was transphobic
“Lots of men would like to do what I do but they don’t have the guts so I fail to see how I can be called that.
“I felt scared and locked myself upstairs in my bedroom while filming them.
“They were shouting and hollering at me and to my mind calling me a fairy was transphobic.”
But the couple deny her claims and have accused her of previously trying to poison the eucalyptus trees, the court heard.
They also said Kate was trying to “set up” the incident, which happened in August 2018.
Jonathan Morrissey, defending, suggested the case had “nothing to do with you being dressed as a woman” in cross-examination, which Kate denied.
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Amanda Marshall, 44, denies a charge of causing her neighbour harassment, alarm or distress.
Her husband has pleaded not guilty to the same charge and one of causing criminal damage to a fence panel.
The trial was adjourned and will resume on October 30.