Britain First deputy leader to face trial over anti-terror rally comments

The deputy leader of far-right group Britain First faces a spring trial in Belfast over remarks made at an anti-terrorism rally last summer.

Jayda Fransen appeared at Belfast Magistrates' Court on Tuesday on two hate charges related to a speech she made at a Northern Ireland Against Terrorism rally in the city in August.

The 31-year-old will go on trial on April 6, district judge Fiona Bagnall said.

Jayda Fransen court case
Britain First Deputy Leader Jayda Fransen leaving Belfast Magistrates' Court where she faced charges related to comments made about Islam (Niall Carson/PA)

She faces four unrelated charges after alleged threatening behaviour concerning remarks made on December 13 beside a peace wall dividing Catholics from Protestants in Belfast.

The comments, about Islam, were posted on social media.

A message said the video was shot in the staunchly unionist Shankill area of west Belfast.

A date for that trial is yet to be fixed.

Fransen is from Anerley in south-east London.

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