Paul Golding convicted under terrorism law
Paul Golding, the leader of the far-right political group Britain First, has been found guilty of an offence under the Terrorism Act following his refusal to give police access to his mobile phone on his return from a political trip to Russia.
The 38-year-old was stopped at Heathrow by Metropolitan police officers in October 2019 on his way back from Moscow. Having refused to give the pin codes for an iPhone and Apple computer, Golding was later charged with wilfully refusing to comply with a duty under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act.
He denied the charge but was found guilty following a trial at Westminster magistrates court in London on 20 May. He has been handed a conditional discharge for nine months and ordered to pay a £21 surcharge and £750 in costs.
Britain First was deregistered as a political party in November 2017.