Human rights lawyer Barbara Hewson trolled the mum of murdered schoolgirl Sarah on Twitter.
In a tweet referring to a Sun justice campaign led by Sara and fellow anti-paedophile crusader Shy Keenan, the controversial lawyer wrote: ““A wicked crusade by Shy and her brain-damaged cohort, Sara.”
Sara, 49, suffered a stroke brought on by a brain aneurysm eight years ago which left her partially paralysed.
Ms Hewson’s trolling has been referred to the Bar Standards Board, which regulates barristers.
A source said: “It is a shockingly disgraceful attack on Sara, who had the misfortune to have her daughter murdered and later to have suffered a stroke.”
The tweet, posted last Wednesday, has since been deleted.
Ms Hewson, 56, who prides herself on her controversial online presence, was accused of trolling a number of child sex abuse victims earlier this year.
And she got a police harassment warning last March after a complaint by fellow lawyer Sarah Phillimore. She left her chambers the following month and is now self-employed.
Yesterday she said: “I used the expression ‘brain damaged’ as I understand Dr Payne had a stroke many years ago. You will be aware that a stroke causes brain damage.”
The Bar Standards Board and Sara Payne did not comment last night.
Roy Whiting got life in jail in 2001 for Sarah’s murder.
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