'Yellow vest protester' James Goddard is convicted of assaulting a photographer

Martin Evans
James Goddard has been found guilty of common assault following a trial at Manchester Magistrates Court - PA

James Goddard, the self-styled yellow vest protester, has been found guilty of assault in connection with an incident during a demonstration in Manchester.

Goddard was appearing at Manchester Magistrates' Court, accused of clashing with photojournalist, Joel Goodman.

As Mr Goodman began his evidence, Goddard held up a piece of paper with offensive words written on it.

Police officers were called to court to seize the piece of paper, which bore the words "P***y Coward Letist Soy Boy".

District Judge Hadfield said there had potentially been an offence committed under the Contempt of Court Act.

Goddard replied: "Are you being serious?", claiming the words had been directed at the Labour ledaer, Jeremy Corbyn.

Judge Hadfield replied: "Of course I'm being serious," but chose not to pursue the matter as a contempt of court issue and continued proceedings.

After hearing evidence from both Mr Goodman and Goddard the judge convicted the defendant of common assault by grabbing at his victim's camera.

He was found not guilty of a public order offence of using threatening words or behaviour to cause his victim to fear "immediate" violence after he told his victim he would "take his head off his shoulders."

Goddard told the court his words were a "common English idiom".

He was fined £300 for the common assault, and ordered to pay £500 in prosecution costs, £50 compensation to Mr Goodman, and a £30 victim impact surcharge.