Thursday, 14 November, 2019

Tommy Robinson supporters 'verbally abuse' journalists after he is sentenced to jail

Tommy Robinson arrives at court IN COURT Right-wing activist Robinson arrived late for his Old Bailey hearing
Deanna Wagner | 11 July, 2019, 22:02

He was found in contempt last week for breaching a reporting ban by videoing defendants accused of sexually exploiting young girls outside a courthouse in Leeds, northern England, while jurors were still considering their verdicts.

He was found guilty of contempt of court last week in relation to the live streaming which was broadcast to almost a million followers.

Tommy Robinson has been sent back to prison after being sentenced to nine months in prison.

Police were then pelted with cans and plastic bottles as the group began chanting "we want Tommy out".

Judge Victoria Sharp reportedly told Robinson on Thursday that previous time he has spent in prison would be taken into account for his new sentence - cutting it down to 19 weeks.

"I would urge everyone to think carefully about whether their social media posts could amount to contempt of court".

Dozens of angry supporters of British far-right activist Stephen Yaxley-Lennon scuffled with police and marched on parliament after he was jailed on Thursday for contempt of court.

Throughout the Old Bailey hearing last Thursday and Friday, Robinson denied any wrongdoing, saying he did not believe he was breaching reporting restrictions and only referred to information that was already in the public domain.

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Despite the shortened term, supporters of the 36-year-old who had assembled outside the court reacted angrily, which resulted in violent clashes with police.

During the 2018 case at Leeds Crown Court, reporting restrictions had been put in place postponing the publication of any details until the end of a series of linked trials involving 29 defendants.

Speaking after his previous hearing, Attorney General Geoffrey Cox said: "Posting material online that breaches reporting restrictions or risks prejudicing legal proceedings is a very serious matter and this is reflected in the court's decision today".

Originally he was jailed for 13 months, but was released after 2, following an appeal.

Dame Victoria Sharp and Mr Justice Warby found that Robinson was in contempt by breaching the ban, live-streaming the video from outside the court's public entrance and "aggressively confronting and filming" defendants.

He served two months in jail before being freed after the original finding of contempt was overturned by the Court of Appeal in August 2018.

Robinson made the request during an interview with right-wing conspiracy theory channel InfoWars, telling the website he felt like he was "two days away from being sentenced to death in the UK".

Robinson was wearing a black T-shirt emblazoned with the words "convicted of journalism", a badge reading "I support soldiers A-Z" and blue jeans as he entered the building.