Britain First’s leader Paul Golding and deputy leader Jayda Fransen have been jailed by a judge who said “today is a sad day for British justice”.
Golding was handed an 18-week sentence and has been ordered to pay £500 in compensation. He will serve half of this before being eligible for release.
Fransen has been handed two 18-week sentences and an 18-week sentence to be served concurrently, for a total of 36 weeks.
She has been ordered to pay compensation amounting to £2,000.
The pair were found guilty guilty of religiously-aggravated harassment earlier today.
“I think this is a very sad day for British justice,” the judge said. “Everything I did was to protect the children of this country.”
Britain First leader and deputy are jailed for hate crime
Golding, 36, and Fransen, 31, were convicted of the hate crime – which they had denied – at Folkestone Magistrates’ Court in Kent today.
They were found guilty of a first charge of religiously-aggravated harassment by a judge – but were both cleared of a second charge.
Golding was also found not guilty of a third charge. However, Fransen was convicted of both this charge and a fourth one concerning only her.
The pair had earlier arrived at the court, surrounded by a large entourage, with the far-right group’s leader flashing the V-sign at cameras.
Golding had been charged with three counts of religiously aggravated harassment, while his deputy was accused of four offences.
The pair had denied all of the charges against them.
But this afternoon, Golding was convicted of one and Fransen was convicted of three counts at the court, where they had earlier stood trial.
In delivering his judgment, the judge said the two defendants were “well-known”, “controversial” and “generate their own publicity”. (Mirror)