The far-right group’s leader Paul Golding, 36, was handed 18 weeks at Folkestone Magistrates’ Court, while Fransen, 31, was caged for nine months
PAUL Golding and Jayda Fransen, the leader and deputy leader of far-right group Britain First, have been jailed for racially abusing Muslim men in Kent last year.
Golding, 36, was handed 18 weeks at Folkestone Magistrates’ Court for three counts of religiously aggravated harassment while Fransen, 31, was caged for nine months after being found guilty of four.
Paul Golding (second right) and Jayda Fransen (centre), leader and deputy leader of far-right group Britain First and supporters upon arrivial at Folkestone Magistrates’ Court where they are expected to receive verdicts in their trial for alleged hate crimes
They were arrested in May last year over the alleged distribution of leaflets and posting of online videos during a trial at Canterbury Crown Court, where three Muslim men and a teenager were convicted of rape and jailed.
Fransen allegedly went to the Kent home of one of the defendants, Tamin Rahmani, and shouted racist abuse through the front door.
His pregnant partner Kelli Best said she was alone with their two children, aged three years and 18 months, at the time of the incident on May 9 last year.
On a video played in court, Fransen could be seen banging on the door and shouting: “Come out and face me you disgusting rapist, come on.”
Far right activist Paul Golding protesting outside Regent’s Park Mosque
Fransen denied using the phrase “Muslim bastards”, or saying that all Muslims are rapists.
Golding said he was only acting as Fransen’s cameraman, and that it was her campaign.
Judge Justin Barron said their words and actions “demonstrated hostility” towards Muslims and the Muslim faith.
The judge said: “I have no doubt it was their joint intention to use the facts of the case (in Canterbury) for their own political ends.
“It was a campaign to draw attention to the race, religion and immigrant background of the defendants.”
Deputy leader of Britain First Jayda Fransen
Britain First is a far-right and British nationalist political party formed in 2011 by anti-abortion campaigner Jim Dowson and Paul Golding.
The group opposes mass immigration but says it is not racist but a loyalist movement.
Its Facebook page has 1.9million “likes”, but their social media posts, including praising a terrorist mosque attack in Finsbury Park, London, have attracted widespread criticism.
The group’s Twitter account is withheld in Germany.
With many thanks to: The Sun for the origional story.