The leader of Britain First has admitted headbutting a martial arts instructor

Paul Golding appeared in court alongside deputy leader Jayda Fransen to face a number of charges

The leader of Britain First headbutted a martial arts instructor after his victim took exception to a friendly gesture.

Paul Golding, of Beeches Close, Penge, South London, attacked Dean Williams in a Maidstone nightclub during the early hours of July 9.

Today (Tuesday) at Sevenoaks Magistrates’ Court he admitted the charge and will be sentenced on November 7.

The court heard Golding and Mr Williams, a mixed martial arts expert, had originally met in Derbyshire.

Golding later invited him to a self defence course in Erith and the pair, along with others, had gone out for a meal.

Later that evening Mr Williams said Golding “became very aggressive, drew his head back slightly and headbutted me in the face”.

The victim said he had suffered whiplash, chipped teeth and swelling and bruising to his nose.

“I attended my doctor’s surgery and am very shocked at the incident,” he added.

Defending, Golding’s lawyer said there was CCTV of the incident which showed there had been a degree provocation.

He said: “At the bar where they both were Mr Golding put his arm round the victim’s shoulder in a friendly, amicable way.

“The victim took exception to that and threw his arm off his shoulder.

“And Mr Golding walked away not just once, but twice.”

Religiously aggravated harrassment

Golding was joined in the dock by Britain First’s deputy leader Jayda Fransen where the pair denied separate charges of religiously aggravated harrassment.

The charges relate to the couple’s alleged campaign during the trial of four men who raped a 16-year-old girl above the 555 Pizza takeaway in Ramsgate.

Fransen, 31, also of Beeches Close, faces four charges of religiously aggravated harassment between between May 4 and May 10 this year. The alleged offences are said to have happened in Ramsgate and Canterbury.

Golding, 35, is facing three charges of religiously aggravated harassment within the same timeframe.

The couple will have a three day trial next month.

Kent Live

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