Thursday, May 30

Britain First deputy blamed for death



A mother has told a court that she blames the deputy leader of Britain First for the death of her stillborn daughter.

Kelli Best said she was alone with her two children, aged three years and 18 months, when Fransen came to her home and shouted racist abuse through the front door.

The 31-year-old came with the intention of directing the comments at Ms Best’s partner, Tamin Rahmani, a Muslim man facing trial for rape, Folkestone Magistrates’ Court heard.

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

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

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

She told the court: “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.

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

Fransen went to the Kent home of Rahmani, one of the defendants, on May 9, the court heard.

Giving evidence on Tuesday, she also told a court that she requested a sit down meeting with Piers Morgan after he accused her organisation of being racist.

She said she has more than 2.5 million followers on social media and has been retweeted by American President Donald Trump.

Kevin Smallcombe, defending, said that Britain First is a controversial organisation, that was described by Piers Morgan as racist during an interview with Mr Trump.

My response was to invite Piers Morgan to discuss and debate with me.

I’m pretty certain if he allowed me to sit with him he would be more than convinced that I’m far from racist.

He hasn’t taken me up on that offer unfortunately.

Fransen said she has carried out campaigns against people accused of sex offences on a number of other occasions.

She denied using the phrase “Muslim b******s, or saying that all Muslims are rapists.

I’ve never said that and would never say that, she told the court.

I think it’s ridiculous, it’s such a sweeping statement that I would never make.

She added: As a Catholic, if it were a Catholic priest I would be inside his church asking him the same questions as I wanted to ask Tamin Rahmani.

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.

Evidence has concluded in the trial, verdicts will be given at 2pm on March 7.