‘Yellow vest’ protestor James Goddard must pay Anna Soubry £200 for calling her ‘Nazi’ and ‘traitor’2 min read

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‘Yellow vest’ protestor James Goddard must pay £200 to pro-Remain MP Anna Soubry for calling her ‘Nazi’ and a ‘traitor’ as Tory says she will give the cash to murdered MP Jo Cox’s charity

  • James Goddard given suspended sentence and banned from area of Parliament 
  • Pro-Brexit campaigner, 30, was filmed hurling abuse in December and January 
  • He was also handed a five-year retraining order banning him from contacting Ms Soubry 

Self-styled yellow vest protester James Goddard has been forced to pay £200 to Remain-supporting Anna Soubry for calling her a ‘Nazi’. 

Ms Soubry has now come forward to say she will be donating the money to the Jo Cox Foundation.  

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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 using disorderly behaviour with intent to cause Ms Soubry harassment, alarm or distress.

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

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

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

After the judgement was made, Ms Soubry took to Twitter and wrote: ‘Another £200 for the Jo Cox Foundation’. 

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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