London The leader and deputy leader of the British Fascist party 'Britain First' were jailed for a total of 54 weeks for hate crimes linked to gang rape as judge blasts their 'hostility towards Muslims,' according to Mail Online News.
Paul Golding, 36, the leader, and Jayda Fransen, deputy leader of the party, have been jailed for 18 and 36 weeks respectively on charges of religiously-aggravated harassment. Britain First is a British Fascist political organization formed in 2011 by former members of the British National Party.
Golding was found guilty of one charge of religiously-aggravated harassment while Fransen was convicted in three counts of the same offense in relation to an incident in Kent.
Judge Justin Barron said the duo's words and actions 'demonstrated hostility' towards Muslims and the faith of Islam.
Fransen shot into the international media spotlight last November when US President Donald Trump retweeted anti-Islamic posts from her Twitter page.
Golding and Fransen, of Penge, South East London, stood trial in January charged with three and four counts respectively of the hate crime.
The judge at Folkestone Magistrates' Court in Kent found Fransen guilty of three charges and Golding guilty of one but dismissed the other counts against them.
He 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.'
Both Fransen and Golding were convicted on a joint charge of religiously aggravated harassment after an incident on May 5 at 555 Pizza takeaway in Ramsgate, Kent, last year.
Fransen banged on the windows and doors of the shop and screamed 'pedophile' and 'foreigner' while two children were playing in the middle of the shop and Jamshed Khesrow, a friend of the owners, was inside.
Judge Barron dismissed a second charge against the pair alleged to have taken place outside Canterbury Crown Court later that day.
Fransen was accused of telling defendant Tamin Rahmani's brother Faiz that 'Muslims are . and rapists'.
Judge Barron said that section of the conversation was not recorded and the video that was played to the court did not amount to threatening, abusive or insulting words or behavior.
Fransen was convicted of abuse after visiting a house she wrongly believed to be the current address of another defendant, Sershah Muslimyar. But Golding was cleared of uploading a video of this incident.
Fransen was also convicted of visiting the Kent home of Tamin Rahmani, and shouting racist abuse through the front door while his pregnant partner Kelli Best was there.
Jamshed Khesrow told the court about the incident on May 5 last year when he was visiting 555 Pizza takeaway, which his friend owns in Ramsgate.
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.
Khesrow told how he heard Fransen 'screaming' and shouting: 'Come out you pedophile. 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 Khesrow gave his evidence from behind a screen. 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, saying: 'I'm not scared of the police. I don't care about the police.' Khesrow added: 'I've lived in England for 17 years and I've never been scared like this.'
On hearing the sentence, Fransen said: 'I think this is a very sad day for British justice...
She is then cut off by Judge Barron who said he did not want to hear a political slogan after that Golding and Fransen were led down to the cells.
Source: International Islamic News Agency