The former leader of Britain First has been given an eight week jail sentence for breaching a High Court order which prevented him from setting foot in any mosque in the United Kingdom.
Paul Golding, 34, admitted contempt of court in having broken the order after he went with four members of the group Britain First to a mosque in Cardiff for what they called a “mosque invasion”, reports the Independent.
Although Mr. Golding did not enter the mosque in Wales himself and stood outside while his fellow members went in to confront a trustee of the building, the order banning him from entering “any Mosque or Islamic Cultural Centre or its private grounds within England and Wales” also prohibited him from encouraging others to do so. The judge found by driving the others to Wales, he had acted in “deliberate and cynical defiance” of the order.
The original order had been passed in August of this year after Mr. Golding took part in a “Christian patrol” in Bury Park, Luton in which the group gave out bibles and confronted members of the public. The order also banned Golding from entering Bury Park except while travelling through it on a railway carriage.
Mr. Golding will serve four weeks of his sentence, with the remaining four suspended.