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Britain First leaders guilty of harassing rape trial witnesses

Britain First leaders guilty of harassing rape trial witnesses”

The latest blow to Fransen's anti-Muslim campaign came on Tuesday, when a British court found Fransen and Paul Golding, the head of Britain First, guilty of religiously aggravated harassment.

They were arrested in May past 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.

On Wednesday Judge Justin Barron convicted Fransen of three charges and Golding of one charge. "I blame Jayda Fransen because there was no other reason for it to happen".

Paul Golding was convicted of one count of religiously-aggravated harassment and acquitted of two additional counts.

They were arrested in May past 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.

He told the court the pair's words and actions "demonstrated hostility" towards Muslims.

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".

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The verdicts were handed down at Folkestone Magistrates' Court shortly before 3pm. They also posted offensive leaflets through the letterboxes of houses in the area where the rape trial defendants lived.

Rahmani's pregnant partner, Kelli Best, said she was alone with their two toddlers, on May 9, 2017.

She and Golding, who will both be sentenced at a later date, have accused the authorities of persecution.

She said: "It made me feel very anxious, I didn't go outside for a long time". A few days later she began bleeding, and at 24 weeks of pregnancy she experienced a stillbirth.

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

Britain First has been noted for its extreme white supremacist and anti-Muslim stance in the past and Fransen, its deputy leader, gained particular notoriety when racially charged videos she published on Twitter were retweeted by Donald Trump.



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