Published: 14:00, 29 January 2018
| Updated: 14:09, 29 January 2018
The leaders of Britain First have stood trial today accused of causing religiously aggravated harassment during a gang rape trial in Kent.
Paul Golding and his deputy Jayda Fransen were arrested in May last year for offences relating to their behaviour during the case.
Four men were on trial and later convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl in a flat above 555 Pizza in Ramsgate.
Shershah Muslimyar, 21, of Hovenden Close, Canterbury, restaurant owner Tamin Rahmani, 38, of Northwood Road, Ramsgate and Rafiullah Hamidy, 24, formerly of High Street, Herne Bay, were each jailed for 14 years, while a 17 year old from Ashford, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was ordered to be detained for seven years.
Golding and Fransen, who are figureheads of the far-right group, have denied the charges against them. Their trial started today at Folkestone Magistrates’ Court.
A video of Fransen shouting outside 555 Pizza during last year’s trial was shown to the magistrates' court, where more than a dozen supporters gathered in the public gallery.
In the video, the 31-year-old shouts "you dirty monsters" and encourages those inside to come out and meet her face-to-face.
A second video from the perspective of those inside was then shown to the court, where Fransen could be seen banging on the windows and shouting while Golding filmed her.
Speaking from behind a screen, Jamshed Khesrow - who was in the pizza shop at the time - said: “I was so afraid and so scared, I did not know what was going to happen.
"I've been in England for 17 years and never have I been scared like this."
Mr Khesrow described how he hid at the back of the shop away from the view of the "very aggressive" Fransen.
The mother of Rahmani’s children also gave evidence - describing Fransen’s "aggressive" visit to 555 Pizza.
Another video showed Fransen confronting one of the rapists, Tamin Rahmani, his brother, and his barrister outside Canterbury Crown Court.
Rahmani’s brother, Faiz, told the court he saw himself on the Britain First website incorrectly identified as Shershah Muslimyar, one of the men who was later convicted of rape.
He said: “The lady with red hair approached me and told me ‘you are a Muslim rapist'. I was shocked and was panicking. She asked me 'are you a good or bad Muslim?'.
"She said 'Muslims rape British kids.’
"I have been in this country 12 years and have never been arrested or been in a police station."
Mr Rahmani said this mistaken identity led him to worry about having to hide himself.
In another video shown to the court, Golding, 36, said how being arrested and charged only makes Britain First stronger.
He said: "We can be shot, stabbed, bombed, but we will carry on with great determination.
"Not in a billion years are we going to surrender. We are in this to the death for as long as humanly possible. We will never surrender to police persecution."
The trial continues tomorrow.