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Britain First chief Paul Golding ordered to pay damages to ex-lover Jayda Fransen after Belfast case

The case is partly as a result of claims made by Fransen that Golding had turned on her and subjected her to physical abuse.

Jayda Fransen and Paul Golding

Steven Moore

Britain First thug Paul Golding and his Belfast band of racists have been ordered to pay his former lover and deputy Jayda Fransen £75,000, we can reveal.

Bully-boy Golding was brought to the High Court in Belfast where a number of "default judgments" were made against him and other party officers from Britain First.

The case is partly as a result of claims made by Fransen that Golding had turned on her and subjected her to physical abuse.

Fransen, based now in Donaghdee, Co Down, accused the party's current leader Paul Golding of violently abusing and locking her in their home to control her when they were together.

The allegations were then aired on a BBC Spotlight documentary Britain First: Hateful Secrets which broadcast a secret recording of Golding admitting to assaulting Fransen and another woman.

The Sunday World can further reveal that on top of the £75,000 owed to Fransen, awarded by the High Court, the same court will also decide on further damages that must be paid to her as part of a separate judgment.

We contacted Jayda Fransen for comment, but she directed us to her solicitor.

Her solicitor, Joe Rice of John J Rice & Co Solicitors, confirmed to the Sunday World that Fransen had been awarded £75,000 by the court.

"In Belfast's High Court on January 21 2022 a number of default judgments were issued in favour of Jayda Fransen against Paul Golding in respect of other matters including damages for assault, battery and trespassing by Mr Golding against our client.

"Also a separate default judgment against Paul Golding and other members of Britain First for a debt owed by Britain First to her going as far back as 2019."

Last week we revealed Golding was back staging confrontations with confused and beleaguered asylum seekers who are staying in a number of hotels in Belfast and Bangor.

When we confronted Davy Fisher at his home about these events, he put Golding on the phone who told our reporter to "go f**k himself".

Davey Fisher who recently was appointed an officer on the Council of Britain First in Northern Ireland (BFNI) leadership in Belfast.

Golding failed to turn up at the High Court to challenge the claims made by his former partner Fransen but it's understood he has the right to appeal, though that will be hugely costly even if he were to win.

Former members of Britain First have told this paper Golding and his crew are now trying to claim they weren't aware of the legal proceedings.

"He didn't take these proceedings seriously, but he certainly knew about them," said a source.

"The moron told everyone it was 'sh**e' and didn't understand just how much this could cost him. Like everything with Golding he treated it all as a joke.

"Now of course they are trying to plead that they did not know but the mbeciles were fully aware I am told."

It has even been claimed Golding made a video of himself and other members waving the court papers about the case and posted them on social media laughing.

As well as Golding, seven other Britain First leading members are listed on the High Court papers as being liable to pay up to Fransen as they are down as party officers.

They include north Belfast loon Davy Fisher, exposed by this paper last week as one of several 'hard men' who filmed themselves confronting bemused asylum seekers in a hotel.

Also on the court papers list - deemed liable to pay Fransen due to their party officer role - is Golding 'fan-boy' and head of security Sam Cochrane.

Davey Fisher and Sam Cochrane

Cochrane is from Carrickfergus and we revealed two years ago how he had his phone seized by anti-terror cops at Belfast International Airport after returning from England where he'd been 'protecting' Golding at a far-right demo in Derby.

Another English racist who's a regular visitor to Belfast is Andrew Edge. Thug Edge, a former leader of Stockport English Defence League (EDL), was convicted in 2014 of violent disorder during a far-right rally in Birmingham the previous year and when he was jailed for 21 months he chanted "EDL EDL EDL".

He also boasted once that he would 'bitch-slap' Jeremy Corbyn but ended up being beaten up by a woman himself.

A source told us: "Jayda sued Britain First officials for money they owed her - it included loans to the party, contracts she took out for the party (their phone system, computers), credit cards and bank accounts in her name used by the party that have been left in significant arrears.

"It also included payments unlawfully made using her card whilst she was in prison. The amount they have been ordered to pay is £75k but there is more to come.

"In a separate writ, she sued Golding for damages and personal injuries, loss and damage sustained by the negligence, assault, battery and trespass of Golding towards Fransen between 2014-2019, and the court has ordered him to pay her damages to be assessed at a separate hearing."

Fransen and Golding had been far right colleagues as well as lovers and staged events in Northern Ireland together to drum up support for their party Britain First.

They even appeared together in court in February 2019 to face charges of stirring up race hate during an event at Belfast City Hall in August 2017.

But by then they had suffered a rancorous split and despite sharing a dock at Belfast Magistrates Court, they couldn't even bear to look at each other and even brought their own security teams who traded insults outside court.

In May 2019 the BBC broadcast a damning documentary about the split where Golding was secretly recorded admitting to violently attacking Fransen.

In the recording, Golding is heard saying he has assaulted both Fransen and another woman.

After that personal relationship ended, she and others have said the violence continued over a period of roughly four-and-a-half years while she was with the party, which she quit in 2019.

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