An anti-abortion protester has been convicted of harassing a Marie Stopes clinic director at her Belfast city centre offices.
Bernadette Smyth, who leads the anti-abortion group Precious Life, was warned she could face a jail sentence for her campaign against Dawn Purvis.
The judge said: “This case was run, no-holds barred, in a vicious and malicious fashion.”
He said an investigating police officer had been deliberately slandered.
Ms Purvis had been the victim of an unwarranted attack, the judge said.
Mrs Smyth was also told she will be ordered to pay compensation and would be restrained from the area around the clinic.
The 51-year-old had denied harassing Ms Purvis – a former Progressive Unionist Party assembly member – on two dates earlier this year.
With sentencing put back until next month, Mrs Smyth was told her potential punishment could be community service or prison.
The judge said anti-abortion campaigners stationed outside the clinic had been forcing any women of child-bearing age to identify their reasons for entering.
Because of that conduct, he said the range of possible sentencing may go from community service to imprisonment.
Mrs Smyth was told she will certainly have some form of restraining order imposed on her.
Although she left court without making comment, her solicitor described the verdict as “a disappointment for Christians worldwide“.
Previously: Bernie Smyth on Broadsheet