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Woman EDL protester escaped jail term over police assault

Huddesfield Examiner by Martin Shaw | Wednesday, 27 February 2013 | Click here for original article


Karen Marsden
Karen Marsden

Hope not Hate adds that this wasn't an EDL demonstration and was in fact a demo by the NWI combined with the NF.


A woman who confronted an Asian man during an English Defence League demo and assaulted two police officers when she was arrested has escaped a jail term.

Karen Elizabeth Marsden, 40, joined in offensive chanting as part of the EDL protest in Dewsbury town centre last June, Kirklees magistrates heard.

The demo was a protest against alleged Muslim paedophiles and Marsden approached the Asian man with a leaflet and suddenly hit out at him.

Marsden was arrested and police had to use CS spray to subdue her.

Marsden had denied threatening behaviour and assaulting two police officers but was convicted after a trial.

Marsden, of Whitwood Mere, Castleford, was warned to expect jail but magistrates imposed an 18-month community order with a supervision requirement.

She was ordered to pay £260 towards costs of £620. Magistrates rejected an application for an anti-social behaviour order.

Mrs Vanessa Schofield, prosecuting, told how Marsden hit out at the Asian man and there was a confrontation.

Marsden was arrested but struggled and officers had to use handcuffs, leg restraints and CS spray.

When an officer checked on her in the back of a police van later she spat at him.

Mr Noel Trussler, for Marsden, said his client only joined the protest because of a previous experience in her life, which he did not explain.

He said she now knew she should not protest in that way.

She went to trial because she was concerned at how she had been “manhandled” by police, said Mr Trussler.

She was being treated for a “borderline personality disorder” and planned to move to Hawes in the Yorkshire Dales with her fiancee.


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