Ballymena Court hears prosecutors have now received police file in connection with ‘hate’ charges being faced by Britain First leader Paul Golding

Paul Golding (front) pictured with supporters during an earlier hearing at Ballymena Magistrates Court. Picture - North East News
Paul Golding (front) pictured with supporters during an earlier hearing at Ballymena Magistrates Court. Picture – North East News

A POLICE file in relation to ‘hate’ charges being faced by Britain First leader Paul Golding has now been received by the Public Prosecution Service, Ballymena Magistrates Court heard.

Golding is charged with two counts of being in ‘possession of matter which intended to stir up hatred/arouse a fear’.

He is further charged with one count of ‘displaying written material which was threatening, abusive or insulting intending thereby to stir up hatred or arouse fear’.

A fourth charge accuses him of publishing ‘written material which was threatening, abusive or insulting, intending thereby to stir up hatred or arouse fear’.

The charges relate to October 20 and October 24 last year.

The 37-year-old whose address was previously given as Shore Crescent in Belfast but is now in Dartford, Kent, first appeared at Ballymena Court on the charges in mid-November last year.

The charges followed his arrest on Wednesday 24 October, 2018, in connection with alleged incidents relating to the Ballymena area on October 20 and October 24.

Golding had visited Ballymena at the time in relation to the Far Right group which he leads.

Britain First held rallies in the County Antrim town.

Golding spoke at the first rally but his police bail conditions prevented him from attending the second rally.

Britain First had gone to Ballymena at a time when tensions had increased regarding aspects of foreign migration to the town.

Following the November court appearance, Golding was released on £500 bail with conditions which included not being allowed within 500 metres of any parade, protest or public demonstration in Northern Ireland.

He was also barred from Ballymena apart from attending court and he was not to be at Dunsilly car park near Antrim between 5-10pm on Saturdays.

Golding was not to be in possession of any material which could stir up hatred and was not to distribute leaflets.

He was bailed to the address in Belfast and had to report to police once a week and he was allowed to travel to England if he contacted police in advance.

He was not present in court on Thursday where a prosecution lawyer said the PPS has now received the file in the case and an assistant director has it “under active consideration”.

She said a decision is expected on the file within weeks.

A co-accused of Golding’s was in court on Thursday.

Lee Daniel Brown (29), of Shore Crescent in Belfast, faces three charges including displaying written material intending to stir up hatred.

He is also charged with distributing written material intending to stir up hatred in the Moat Road area of Harryville in Ballymena.

The third charge he faces is possessing matter which intended to ‘stir up hatred/arouse a fear’.

Both cases have been adjourned until later this month.

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