Britain First leader and his deputy are found guilty of religiously-aggravated harassment after targeting homes during trial of Muslim men who raped teenage girl The leaders of Britain First were today were unfortunately found guilty of religiously aggravated harassment after targeting homes during the trial of Muslim men who raped a teenage girl.
Paul Golding, 36, the far-Right group’s leader, was convicted at Folkestone Magistrates’ Court in Kent with his 31-year-old deputy Jayda Fransen.
Fransen shot into the international media spotlight last year when US president Donald Trump retweeted anti-Islamic posts from her Twitter page.
The pair, of Penge, South East London, were charged with three and four counts respectively of the hate crime.
They were arrested last May as part of a probe into the distribution of leaflets and online videos posted during a trial at Canterbury Crown Court in the same month after which three Muslim men and a teenager were jailed for rape.
Jamshed Khesrow told the court about an incident on May 5 last year when he was visiting 555 Pizza takeaway, which his friend owns in Ramsgate, Kent.
He said at the time that two children were playing in the middle of the shop, and he went to investigate when he heard banging on the front doors and window.
Mr Khesrow told how he heard Fransen ‘screaming’ and shouting: ‘Come out you paedophile. You’re a rapist. Come outside, I want to talk to you.’
He said: ‘She was swearing. I was so scared, I thought she was going to start fighting with me. She was very aggressive and angry. I didn’t know what was going on.’
There were sniggers from the public gallery – which was packed full of the group’s supporters – as Mr Khesrow gave his evidence from behind a screen. Mr Khesrow told the owner to dial 999 and said Golding was filming at the time.
Then he told the court he heard Fransen shouting in the street: ‘I’m not scared of the police. I don’t care about the police.’ Mr Khesrow added: ‘I’ve lived in England for 17 years and I’ve never been scared like this.’
When questioned as to why he had not previously mentioned the specific comments she made, he said: ‘Nobody asked me. If nobody asks me, how can I say it?
‘You’re asking me now and I’m answering you. I don’t need to lie to you. You know and I know that she is swearing my religion all the time.’
Fransen and Golding were arrested on May 10 over alleged campaigning around the then-ongoing trial of three Muslim men and a teenager, who were later convicted and jailed for raping a 16-year-old girl in a flat above the takeaway.
When they were questioned by police over the distribution of leaflets and online videos posted during the trial, they did not comment.
Fransen and Golding were arrested over alleged campaigning around an ongoing trial of three Muslim men and a teenager
Earlier in the trial, the court watched video footage entitled ‘Muslim rapists 2’ which showed Faiz Rahmani standing with his brother Tamin Rahmani – one of the defendants – and his barrister outside by the door to Canterbury Crown Court.
Fransen was seen walking up the steps towards the group, asking if they were Muslim and ‘what they were in for’.
Giving evidence in court, Mr Rahmani claimed she called Muslims ‘b******s’ and ‘rapists’ – comments which did not appear on the footage shown – and branded her ‘aggressive and loud’.
The court heard in January, that the two 12 and 13-year-old daughters of Rahmani, one of the men who was convicted of the rape, were at 555 Pizza when Golding and Fransen arrived.
Footage shown to the court saw Fransen banging on the windows of the restaurant and saying the words: ‘Using these restaurant to trap young girls, English girls and rape them.
‘You dirty monsters. You are all going to be exposed. Come outside and face me.’
One of the children started filming Fransen and Golding when the banging on the door and shouting had started.
The mother of Tamin Rahmani’s children told the court that she heard Fransen knocking at the door and said the shop was closed.
She said: ‘She was banging and saying “come out, come out,” it was like someone was attacking you, really, really aggressive. Then I called the police I didn’t know who they were.’
The witness said her daughters were left in a worried state by the incident. She said: ‘They were crying. They were worried about them coming back.’
A second witness, PC Nicholas Mayo, said the two girls were his main concern when he attended the premises after the police were called.
He said: ‘They were very distressed, very shaken up’ and that one of the girls ‘was clearly in tears.’
Defending, Kevin Smallcombe, in examining the mother of Rahmani’s children, said: ‘The confrontation was very brief. Would you agree with that?’
She disagreed but when asked said it lasted ‘a couple of minutes, a maximum of five minutes’.
Jamshed Khesrow, a friend of the family, was at the restaurant at the time. Giving testimony behind a screen, he said that Fransen shouted at him, calling him a paedophile and told him to come outside.
He said that, out of fear, he hid in the back of the shop. Mr Khesrow said: ‘I was so scared, I was worried she was about to start fighting me. She was very angry. I was so afraid and so scared, I did not know what was going to happen.’
Another witness, Ikram Safai, told how he found a video on the Britain First website of Fransen knocking on his door, but identifying it as the home of Sershah Muslimyar – another defendant in the trial who used to live there before him.
Mr Safai, who is originally from Afghanistan, has lived in the UK since 2013 and in that house for around two-and-a-half years, told the court in the video Fransen said: ‘Come out dirty Muslim. Rapist Muslim. Come out and speak to me face to face if you’re man enough.’
He said a social worker advised him to move house, adding: ‘I was upset, scared, angry.’
Britain First’s Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen arrive at court
Leaflets the group allegedly distributed in the street, which were shown in court, purported to feature a picture of Muslimyar. But Mr Safai, who had met him, said this was not him.
The prosecution say Faiz Rahmani was wrongly identified as Muslimyar in these leaflets.
Prosecuting, Madeleine Wolf, said: ‘Golding and Fransen demonstrated hostility towards individuals because of their membership of what they viewed as the Muslim faith.
‘The defence to the allegations seems to be that they did not intend to cause alarm and distress. They argue they were entitled to act the way they did.’
In one of the videos shown to the court, Paul Golding, addressing the camera talked about being targeted by the police.
In it, he said: ‘People like me and Jayda do not have breaking points.’
He added: ‘We are in this to the death. We are in this all the way.’
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