Britain First leader and deputy leader guilty of religiously-aggravated harassment

Britain First leader and deputy leader guilty of religiously-aggravated harassment

Paul Golding, 36, and Jayda Fransen, 31, were arrested over the distribution of leaflets and posting of online videos during a rape trial involving Muslim men in Kent a year ago.

The pair were found to have harassed four male defendants during a gang-rape trial. The case descended into chaos as Judge Barron attempted to continue his sentence and impose restraining orders so the pair could not contact victims and witnesses in the case.

Golding and Fransen passed out leaflets and filmed videos meant to incite religious hatred during the trial, and went to one of the defendants' homes to hurl insults from outside.

Delivering the judgment, Judge Justin Barron told Folkestone Magistrates' Court said the words and actions of Golding and Fransen "demonstrated hostility" towards Muslims and the Muslim faith.

The court heard how past year Fransen went to the home of one of the defendants, Tamin Rahmani, and shouted abuse through the front door.

Donald Trump's Twitter account re-tweeted three posts Fransen made, featuring alleged anti-Muslim propaganda videos on November 29 previous year.

Giving evidence from behind a screen, she said: "She (Fransen) was making racist remarks: "Dirty Muslim rapist, come out, we're not going to leave until you're gone, come out".


"It was a campaign to draw attention to the race, religion and immigrant background of the defendants".

The two have been previously convicted of similar charges.

The group gained global notoriety when Donald Trump shared several of Fransen's Twitter posts previous year, sparking a diplomatic row after Theresa May condemned the action. Fransen was ordered to pay £2,000 in compensation to those affected and Golding was told to pay £500. They are due to be sentenced later.

Paul Golding, Britain First's leader, and his deputy Fransen have been arrested numerous times and both have received convictions.

In the video she shouted: "Come out dirty Muslim".

"Fascist organisations are growing, particularly when mainstream politicians such as Trump and others in Europe ape far right rhetoric", said Weyman Bennett, joint secretary of Unite Against Fascism. They still face charges of using hate speech at a rally in Northern Ireland in August 2017.

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