Britain First deputy fined after she hurled abuse at Muslim mother in front of her young children
PUBLISHED: 14:47 04 November 2016 | UPDATED: 14:53 04 November 2016
The political group is run by ex-Swanley BNP councillor, Paul Golding
The deputy leader of far-right group Britain First has been found guilty of religiously aggravated harassment after hurling abuse at a Muslim woman wearing a hijab in front of her four young children.
Jayda Fransen, 30, was fined nearly £2,000 at Luton and South Bedfordshire Magistrates’ Court for wearing a political uniform and shouting at Sumayyah Sharpe during a “Christian patrol” of Bury Park in Luton on Saturday January 23.
Fransen admitted telling Ms Sharpe that Muslim men force women to cover up to avoid being raped “because they cannot control their sexual urges”, adding “that’s why they are coming into my country raping women across the continent”.
But she denied the words were intended to be offensive.
“The reason I said them was because from everything I have studied, I understand them to be true,” Fransen said in her defence.
In 2014, the South Norwood resident was elected deputy leader of the group, which is led by former Swanley BNP councillor, Paul Golding.
District Judge Carolyn Mellanby said she believed the group had gone to the area “looking for trouble” - but said Ms Sharpe had been mistaken as an “easy target”.
“I have no doubt the words used towards her (Ms Sharpe), in her expression, represented everything against her and what she believes in,” she said.
“In other words, offensive, insulting, abusive and, in my judgment, intended to cause offence and alarm and distress to her religion.”