Man will join Britain First leader Paul Golding at Ballymena Court to contest ‘hate’ case

Ballymena Court.

 

A man will join Britain First leader Paul Golding in court in Ballymena in May to contest a ‘hate’ charge.

Lee Daniel Brown (29), of Shore Crescent – faces one charge.

He is accused of distributing written material in the vicinity of Moat Road in Ballymena on October 20 last year ‘which was threatening, abusive or insulting, intending thereby to stir up hatred or arouse fear or, having regarding to all the circumstances, hatred was likely be stirred up or fear was likely to be aroused thereby.’

The defendant was present at Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday.

Paul Golding – who was at court the previous week – faces two charges.

He is accused of distributing written material in Ballymena on October 20 last year ‘which was abusive or insulting, and having regard to all the circumstances, hatred was likely to be stirred up or fear was likely be aroused thereby’.

The second charge he faces relates to October 24 last year and accuses him of possessing written material ‘which is abusive or insulting, with a view to it being displayed, published, or distributed or included in a programme service, whether by yourself or another, and having regard to all the circumstances, hatred was likely to be stirred up or fear was likely to be aroused thereby’.

Golding had first appeared at Ballymena Court 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.

The Britain First chief 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 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.

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