James Goddard sentenced for harassing pro-Remain MP Anna Soubry

Self-styled yellow vest protester James Goddard has been handed a suspended prison sentence and been banned from an area around Parliament for hurling abuse at Remain-supporting MP Anna Soubry.

The pro-Brexit campaigner, 30, was filmed calling the former Conservative a Nazi and a traitor outside the Houses of Parliament in December and January.

Goddard was sentenced to eight weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for a year, on Monday after pleading guilty to one charge of using disorderly behaviour with intent to cause Ms Soubry harassment, alarm or distress.

Anna Soubry
Anna Soubry said she was ‘really intimidated’ and ‘very shaken by what happened’ (Victoria Jones/PA)

He was also handed a five-year restraining order banning him from contacting Ms Soubry, told he cannot enter an area including Parliament Square, College Green, the Palace of Westminster, Portcullis House and Downing Street, and ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.

Goddard was ordered to pay Ms Soubry £200 in compensation, £215 in other court costs, as well as another £200 compensation to a Lithuanian police officer after admitting a separate racially aggravated public order offence towards him.

Senior District Judge Emma Arbuthnot had already indicated he would not be sent to jail.

Goddard, of Kelvindale Drive, Timperley, Altrincham, was sentenced in front of a public gallery filled with supporters and family alongside 55-year-old Brian Phillips, of Dale View, Erith, Kent.

Phillips was sentenced to four weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for a year, and was handed the same restraining order after pleading guilty to the charge relating to Ms Soubry, a curfew and ordered to pay £200 in other court costs.

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