It’s been a long day here at the EBF office. Landlord made a welcome appearance after a forced absence dealing with business issues. After ensuring the fridge was cold enough for the champagne he’d donated in case Fransen got remanded he busied himself penning an account of recent events for the blog. That goes out on Sunday morning so remember to check back then.
The rest of us could barely contain ourselves. Kit and I seemed to regress back in time to do very passable impressions of our former excitable schoolgirl selves. One or two of the guys spent the day pacing up and down until Foxy was convinced they’d wear a little path in the carpet. Prole stood silently for hours staring out over the magnificent London cityscape from our high-rise office, occasionally seeming to squeal with anticipated delight at the prospect of Britain First’s imminent demise.
We speculated amongst ourselves about what might happen. Would Jayda ‘pull a blinder’ and get away with a fine? Would she deny everything and be remanded in custody? Would the magistrates give her 6 months (the maximum sentence they’re able to dispense) and leave it at that.
We all agreed that the only thing we really wanted to happen was a referral to Crown Court. Anything else would be a bonus but a hearing in the Crown Court was essential. That’s where the really heavy duty sentences come from and so that’s what we wanted to happen.
And then… a little after 4pm the news broke. No remand (oh well) but she’d pleaded not guilty and is indeed off to Crown Court on November 2nd and 3rd 2016. Not only that her new bail conditions forbid her from entering Luton at all until the hearing. Marvellous.
Personally, I won’t pretend I’m not disappointed to see her walk free. I’d have preferred to see Fransen remanded in custody on the grounds that she tore up her last bail conditions but as Prole pointed out – that’s just a detail. We got what we were really hoping for. Jayda’s going to have to face serious criminal charges in a serious criminal court. So it’s all good. And the stupid mare actually seems to think that this is a Britain First victory!
For the record, by the way our spotters in Luton tell us that there were no Muslim hordes harassing Jayda at all. It’s more likely the delay in her report was due to Fransen needing to compose herself after a particularly frightening day in court. For all her online bravado even Jayda must realise how great is the risk of custody, especially now that she’s pleaded not guilty.
We’ll let you know how this situation develops, of course but so far so good.