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Belfast councillor Bunting accompanies Britain First leaders to court case - pair found guilty of hate crimes

Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen, the leader and deputy leader of far-right group Britain First, have been found guilty at Folkestone Magistrates' Court of religiously-aggravated harassment in Kent in May last year.

Independent unionist Belfast councillor Jolene Bunting was in attendance at the trial of the Britain First leaders.

Verdicts were handed down on Wednesday afternoon.

The pair are from Penge, south east London.

They were arrested in May last year over the alleged distribution of leaflets and posting of online videos during a trial at Canterbury Crown Court, where three Muslim men and a teenager were convicted of rape and jailed.

Fransen (31) allegedly went to the Kent home of one of the defendants, Tamin Rahmani, and shouted racist abuse through the front door.

His pregnant partner Kelli Best said she was alone with their two children, aged three years and 18 months, at the time of the incident on May 9 last year.

On a video played in court, Fransen (36) could be seen banging on the door and shouting: “Come out and face me you disgusting rapist, come on.”

Fransen denied using the phrase “Muslim bastards”, or saying that all Muslims are rapists.

Golding said he was only acting as Fransen’s cameraman, and that it was her campaign.

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