Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen, the leader and deputy leader of Britain First, have been convicted of hate-crimes after they incorrectly blamed individuals for being involved in a rape trial in the UK.
After a trial at Folkestone Magistrates’ Court, both Gransen and Golding were convicted of religiously-aggravated and targetted harassment, leading to them being indicted on several counts of hate crimes.
Paul Golding was convicted of a single count of religiously aggravated harassment, and Jayda Fransen was found guilty of three counts of the same offence.
According to the courts, the pair’s actions could have led to rapists walking free without going on trial.
Judge Justin Barron, who presided over the trial of the two, said “I have no doubt it was their joint intention to use the facts of the case for their own political ends. It was a campaign to draw attention to the race, religion and immigrant background of the defendants.”
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