Brexiteer James Goddard to be sentenced for calling MP a 'Nazi'

Goddard will be sentenced today

Monday, July 22, 2019

Pro-Brexit protester James Goddard will be sentenced today after he admitted calling Anna Soubry MP a "Nazi".

In January this year, the 30-year-old filmed himself shouting abuse at the remain-supporting politician outside the Houses of Parliament, claiming she was a "Nazi", "traitor" and "scum" for refusing to accept the outcome of the 2016 EU referendum.

Ms Soubry, an ex-Conservative MP, was then surrounded by Goddard and others as she made her way into the Palace of Westminster.

Goddard admitted one charge of intent to cause Ms Soubry harassment, alarm or distress, using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, or disorderly behaviour, and a separate racially aggravated public order offence towards a police officer on Friday.

The 30-year-old from Altrincham will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court at 2.30pm this afternoon.

He will be sentenced alongside 55-year-old Brian Phillips from Kent, who also admitted harassment during Friday's court hearing.

In a victim impact statement, read before the court on Friday, Ms Soubry described how she was "really intimidated", and was "very shaken by what happened".

"I have developed a mechanism for cutting off large parts of my emotions," she revealed.

"I was disorientated, I felt intimidated and harassed."

She said she was "pleased" that Goddard had pleaded guilty.

"In a democracy, people have a right to peaceful lawful protest. No-one has the right to intimidate and abuse anyone," she added.

It is expected that Goddard will avoid an immediate jail term.

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