Britain First leaders Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen found guilty of harassment

7 March 2018, 15:15

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

Paul Golding, 36, and Jayda Fransen, 32, both from Penge in southeast London, stood trial in January at Folkestone Magistrates Court charged with three and four counts respectively of the hate crime.

They were arrested in May last year as part of an investigation into the distribution of leaflets and online videos which had been posted during a trial at Canterbury Crown Court in the same month.

Following that trial, three Muslim men and a teenager were convicted of rape and jailed.

Judge Justice Barron said their words and actions "demonstrated hostility" towards Muslims.

Fransen was found guilty of three charges and Golding was found guilty of one charge. The other counts against them were dismissed.

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."

Golding and Fransen will be sentenced later on Wednesday.