Britain First deputy head blamed by mother for death of her stillborn daughter

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A mother-of-two has said she blames the deputy leader of Britain First for the death of her stillborn daughter after she was subjected to racist abuse in her home.

Jayda Fransen, 31, is accused of hate crimes alongside the leader of the far-right group Paul Golding, 36.

They were arrested over the alleged distribution of leaflets and online videos, which were posted during the trial of three Muslim men and a teenager, who were later convicted of rape.

Jayda Fransen court case
Deputy leader of far-right group Britain First Jayda Fransen faces allegations of religiously aggravated harassment (Gareth Fuller/PA)

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

She told the court that she was pregnant at the time and blames Fransen for the death of her stillborn daughter.

Giving evidence from behind a screen on Tuesday, she said: “She (Fransen) was making racist remarks: ‘Dirty Muslim rapist, come out, we’re not going to leave until you’re gone, come out. Dirty scumbags’.

“It was directed at Tamin because she thought he was in there but he wasn’t.”

She added: “It made me feel very anxious, I didn’t go outside for a long time.

“I was also pregnant at the time it happened, two days after I started to bleed heavily and lost my daughter, she was stillborn.

“I blame Jayda Fransen because there was no other reason for it to happen.”

She said her young son still gets scared when anyone knocks on their door.

“He would make remarks saying ‘I’m not dirty’, it’s really affected him,” she added.

Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen court case
Leader of far-right group Britain First’s Paul Golding arriving at Folkestone Magistrates’ Court where he is facing allegations of religiously aggravated harassment (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Miss Best sat shaking and crying in the witness stand as the footage was played.

Fransen is charged with four counts of religiously aggravated harassment and Golding with three counts.

The pair, of Penge, south east London, deny all the allegations.

Fransen was previously convicted of racially aggravated harassment relating to an incident in January 2016 involving a “Christian patrol”, the court heard.

She approached a woman in Luton town centre and told her she “had been hidden because your men can’t control their urges” and “you cover because you don’t want to be raped”, Prosecutor Madeleine Wolf said.

Golding has a previous conviction for harassing a person in their home relating to an incident in January 2015, the court heard.

He told a woman living there that her son was a terrorist and that “we want to evict him, we don’t want him to live there”, Miss Wolf said.

The details were given during a prosecution bad character application, which was denied by Judge Justin Barron.

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