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The MP, 51, told Westminster magistrates court politicians were on high alert on October 20 last year, less than a week after the murder of his Parliamentary colleague Sir David Amess.
He recalled an “angry shout” of his name by O’Connor, and looked over to see “a man standing there holding gallows with a noose in Parliament Square”.
“When I looked briefly the first time I did not quite take it in. It was only when I continued walking that the impact of what I had seen struck me”, he said.
“The word ‘traitor’ was being used and then, when I looked across the road again, a man said ‘This is what we do with traitors’.”
The politician said he saw O’Connor point up at the noose, and he considered the incident “a direct threat to myself and a direct threat to other members of Parliament”.
“I was shocked, I was chilled, I was threatened,” he added. “There was an atmosphere around Westminster that was chilling so to see that was horrifying.”
O’Connor, who denied causing harassment, alarm, or distress to the MP, said he was outside the Houses of Parliament to protest against Covid lockdown powers.
He claimed not to know that Mr Kyle was an MP, telling the court: “I had never seen him before. I do not watch anything to do with Parliament.”
He claimed that Mr Kyle had come up to him and asked: “Do you think that is appropriate?”
O’Connor said: “I pointed across the road at the Palace of Westminster and said ‘What I think is inappropriate is the draconian measures the people in Parliament have made’.”
He also said he built the object “as a statement to the Government that treason is still punishable by the gallows”.
After a short trial, District Judge Neeta Minhas found O’Connor guilty and handed him a 12-month conditional discharge.
The protestor, who was accompanied to court by supporters including Covid sceptic Piers Corbyn, was also ordered him to pay £200 in compensation to Mr Kyle.
“I make the finding that he was caused harm, alarm or distress by your behaviour, by the gallows”, said the judge.
“I make the finding that there can be no other reason while holding these gallows and directing them towards a Member of Parliament save to cause harassment, alarm or distress.”
O’Connor, from Plaistow, east London, called the verdict a “complete travesty” and indicated he intends to mount an appeal. He used a walking stick with a noose attached on his entry to court.