Friday, 19 October, 2018

Far-right British leader Trump retweeted found guilty of hate crimes

Guilty! Britain First leaders Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen lose hate crime case Jayda Fransen and Paul Golding
Melinda Barton | 08 March, 2018, 11:47

The leader and deputy leader of far-right group Britain First have been found guilty of religiously-aggravated harassment.

The court was told that in May a year ago Fransen and Golding attended 555 Pizza takeaway in Ramsgate, which they believed was the address of one defendant who was standing trial for rape at Canterbury Crown Court, where three men and a teenager were jailed for rape.

They were arrested in May past year as an investigation was launched into the distribution of leaflets and online videos posted during the trial, where Fransen can be seen standing outside houses, banging doors and windows, hurling slurs at people inside.

Both Fransen and Golding were convicted on a joint charge of religiously aggravated harassment after an incident on May 5 at 555 Pizza takeaway in Ramsgate, Kent, last year.

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

Fransen and Golding were arrested in May after posting offensive posters and mailing leaflets to residents in the area.

Judge Justin Barron at Folkestone Magistrates' Court said Golding and Franson had "demonstrated hostility" towards the Muslim faith.

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

The pair filmed their actions and released it through their social media channels and through the Britain First website.

Golding and Fransen will be sentenced in due course.

The group gained global notoriety when Donald Trump shared several of Fransen's Twitter posts a year ago, sparking a diplomatic row after Theresa May condemned the action.

The group quoted Fransen as calling Wednesday a "sad day for British justice", with a spokesperson claiming her and Golding's only crime is "loyalty".

The Britain First group was spreading their materials during the rape trial, in which several Muslim men were eventually convicted.

Some of the men that the far-right leaders targeted turned out to not be involved in the trial, prosecutors said.