Tommy Robinson jailed for nine months for contempt of court

  • Tommy Robinson jailed for nine months for contempt of court

Tommy Robinson jailed for nine months for contempt of court

Police in riot gear watch Tommy Robinson supporters outside the Old Bailey courthouse in London, Thursday, July 11, 2019.

The crowd, booing and chanting "we want Tommy out", started pelting police officers with bottles and cans, the BBC reported. The words he used, said the judge, would be read as "an incitement" to harass the defendants "gave rise to a real risk the course of justice would be seriously impeded".

In a written ruling, Dame Victoria said Robinson had claimed his intention in making the broadcast was to "denounce the media" for their behaviour.

Tommy Robinson has been sent back to jail for contempt of court over an online broadcast featuring defendants in a criminal trial.

- Tommy Robinson's offer of EU Parliament salary to grooming victims branded 'insult'He served 10 weeks in jail before being freed after the original finding of contempt was overturned by the Court of Appeal in August 2018.

However, Robinson, 36, from Luton, broadcast footage from outside the court on 25 May 2018, while the jury in the second trial of the series was considering its verdict.

He was jailed for six months for the Leeds contempt and a further three months for a previous contempt of court.

The British activist and former English Defence League (EDL) leader was earlier found guilty of contempt of court after he livestreamed information about defendants in a case involving the sexual exploitation of underage English girls in 2017.

The case then was referred to Attorney General Geoffrey Cox in May of this year after High Court judges approved his request to bring fresh proceedings against Robinson, citing public interest, Sky News reported.

Robinson's barrister Richard Furlong raised the possibility of an appeal against the court's decision and was told he has 28 days to apply.

Robinson denied any wrongdoing throughout the trial, seemingly unaware of the meaning of contempt of court, which is created to ensure fair criminal trials.

He also streamed the footage from outside Leeds Crown Court to Facebook to more than 250,000 viewers, which was in breach of a reporting ban, and the video was eventually viewed 3.4 million times.

The law is contained in the Contempt of Court Act 1981, which states that contempt arises when there is a "substantial risk of serious prejudice".

The rules apply to everyone from journalists to people posting comments on social media, and even jurors.

Today's sentencing of Yaxley-Lennon serves to illustrate how seriously the courts will take matters of contempt.