A judge has ruled that there is “no case” for a Christian street preacher to face after she was accused of making improper statements as she encouraged a sometimes raucous crowd to follow her faith.
Christian Concern explained in a new report that Hazel Lewis, 49, was preaching a biblical message near Finsbury Park tube station in the United Kingdom early in 2020 when she was confronted with false accusations.
Police, at the time, claimed they arrested her under Section 4 of the Public Order Act for making “homophobic and racist” comments, but there was no evidence of either type of statement that was available for prosecutors to use against her.
In fact, members of the public, at the time of her arrest, can be heard on recordings telling the police that Lewis had done nothing wrong.
The case is believed to be the first time a Christian woman has faced trial for street preaching since Alison Redmond-Bate in 1997. In that case Judge Sedley famously ruled in the preacher’s favor with the determination: “Free speech includes not only the inoffensive but the irritating, the contentious, the eccentric, the heretical