Kelli Best was devastated when daughter Skylah was stillborn at 25 weeks amid a campaign of intimidation by the far-right group – banned from Facebook last week
Kelli Best with her daughter Skylah, who was stillborn at 25 weeks (Image: SWNS)
Kelli Best was devastated when daughter Skylah was stillborn at 25 weeks.
The tragedy happened amid a campaign of intimidation by the far-right group – banned from Facebook last week.
Its founders Jayda Fransen and Paul Golding harassed Kelli and her two young sons while her Muslim partner was remanded in custody awaiting trial for rape.
The pair filmed 23-year-old Kelli, abused her at home and handed out leaflets about the case to neighbours.
Britain First deputy leader Jayda Fransen
One night the mum was bathing her two young sons when they arrived at her house and shouted through the letterbox: “Dirty Muslim rapist.”
Kelli recalled: “My son kept saying, ‘I’m not dirty Mummy. I’ve just got out of the bath.’
“I was so scared. I didn’t know what they were going to do. I thought they were going to come in and attack me.
“It was just me and my boys. I took them into the back room and we hid in the dark.”
Just 36 hours after the attack, Kelli – who was six weeks pregnant at the time – suffered a haemorrhage.
She said: “I had three panic attacks within an hour of them leaving.
“My whole body was shaking uncontrollably. It must have been under immense pressure. I’ve had two healthy children and no complications before.”
After being given a police panic alarm she was in and out of hospital and suffered repeated bleeding before Skylah was stillborn last September.
She said: “Even the day I gave birth I was convinced she was still alive. “The funeral took a long time to arrange so I went to see her for two weeks every day.
“When she was born I kissed her head. She was a beautiful angel and was buried in a white coffin.
“I carried her into the church.”
Her boys have been left scarred by Britain First’s thuggish harassment at their home in Ramsgate, Kent.
Kelli said: “My son still gets scared if anyone knocks at the door.
“He tells everybody about the naughty people that came to the house. He would say, ‘I’m not dirty,’ for a long time. He still has nightmares.” Kelli dumped her partner, Tamin Rahmani, 38, a pizza boss, when he was convicted at Canterbury crown court and jailed for 14 years last September.
The Afghan – who is the father of her two boys – raped a 16-year-old white girl above his takeaway in Ramsgate with two other Muslim pizza workers and an unnamed youth.
Kelli said: “I got back home after a weekend away to see the police had raided my home. I didn’t know what was going on.
“I couldn’t believe it when I heard what he’d done.”
The case attracted the attention of Britain First founders Jayda Fransen and Paul Golding. They handed out leaflets and posted online videos about the case and were jailed by Folkestone magistrates earlier this month for religiously aggravated harassment.
Fransen, 32 – who is Britain First’s deputy leader – was sentenced to 36 weeks. The group’s co-founder and leader Golding got 18 weeks.
Kelli gave evidence behind a curtain during the case because she was petrified to be in the same room.
Kelli said: “Jayda just wanted people to hate me and be in fear for my life.
“She posted leaflets round the street with a picture of my ex-partner explaining the crimes along with my address.
“He didn’t even live there. She was knocking on people’s doors to get a witch hunt going. But I was a victim. I didn’t do anything wrong.
“Me and my boys are innocent. They are babies.”
Kelli has been too scared to leave her home for fear of being killed and is moving house. She said: “I’m constantly worried someone will break in. I have to check every room in the house to make sure no one is there. I try not to go out on my own.
“I get panic attacks just picking up my son from nursery.” Kelli was horrified when US President Donald Trump catapulted Fransen to fame by sharing her notorious Twitter posts with his 23 million followers in November.
She said: “Trump gave her a platform to millions of people. That scared me even more. When I saw Trump had retweeted her on the news I was shocked.
“I thought with his backing I would be harassed even more. It felt like everyone was on her side.”
Fransen and Golding founded Britain First in 2011 and run it from their £400,000 home in Penge, South East London. Last Wednesday Facebook banned the group from using the site to spread its messages of hate and racism.
Its Facebook page – which included a picture of its leaders captioned “Islamaphobic and proud” – had more than two million likes.
Prime Minster Theresa May welcomed the ban, which came after the group repeatedly posted twisted anti-Muslim videos despite repeated warnings.
There have been calls for Britain First to be listed as a terror organisation.
Kelli said: “Jayda and Paul should have been locked up for longer.
“But no matter how long they got, it would never be enough.
“That day has changed me forever. Jayda had the opportunity to say sorry but she didn’t. She just wanted fame.”
Britain First leader Paul Golding has begged governors to move him to the SAME unit for vulnerable prisoners as the Muslim rapists he protested against.
Golding, 36, feared for his life when he arrived at HMP Elmley, Isle of Sheppey, Kent, earlier this month, said a source.
But the three rapists were already in the segregated unit so his request was turned down over fears they could attack him.
And last Wednesday, less than a week after he arrived, two other lags beat him up and broke his nose in the main prison.
The source said: “As soon as Golding arrived at the jail he requested to be housed in the vulnerable prisoner unit.
“With around 100 Muslims here, the last thing Golding wanted was to be put on one of the ordinary wings. He would rather mix with sex offenders and other vulnerable inmates. He really fears for his life.”
Golding, who is serving 18 months for religiously aggravated harassment, has decided to stay in his cell.
Tamin Rahmani, 38, Shershah Muslimyar, 21, and Rafiullah Hamidy, 24, and a boy of 17 got a total of 49 years for rape.