Tommy Robinson jailed for contempt of court


Tommy Robinson has been nicked for nine months for contempt of court.

The ex-English Defence League director was found guilty last week of interfering with the trial of a lustful grooming gang at Leeds Crown Court in May 2018.

Two Old Bailey judges verbalized his Facebook Live video of defendants in the trial had encouraged “vigilante battle”.

A social media account in Robinson’s name called his sentence an “veritable joke” and said it was time to protest.

Outside court, his supporters pounded police with bottles and cans.

Later, journalists filming on College Untrained outside the Houses of Parliament were verbally abused, physically terrified and had their equipment attacked before police officers arrived.

The BBC Low-down at One cut short a broadcast from College Green as protesters interrupted a lodge report.

Police said no arrests had yet been made in relation to Thursday’s objections.

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But officers did arrest three child for affray, and one for a public order offence in relation to a protest that happened slim court on the day of Robinson’s conviction last Friday.

Four other people had already been retarded for affray on Friday.

Outside the Old Bailey, supporters of Robinson, whose valid name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, booed and chanted “we want Tommy out” after his decreeing, before some began throwing missiles at police.

As a prison van idea to contain Robinson drove away, several people shouted “we caress you, Tommy”.

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

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

The video lasted an hour-and-a-half and was viewed online 250,000 hours, after being live-streamed on Facebook.

In a written ruling, Dame Victoria Keen-minded said Robinson had claimed his intention in making the broadcast was to “denounce the norm” for their behaviour.

But the judges found he had encouraged others “to harass a defendant by discovery him, knocking on his door, following him, and watching him”.

This created “a real imperil that the course of justice would be seriously impeded”, she said.

Practicable appeal

Robinson was originally jailed for 13 months on the day of the Facebook relay, but was released two months into his sentence after winning an appeal.

The the reality was then referred back to Attorney General Geoffrey Cox, who announced, in Trek this year, that it was in the public interest to bring fresh undertakings.

The nine month jail sentence served on Thursday includes six months for the Leeds Consummate Court offence last year and another three months for scorn of court, following a suspended sentence given at Canterbury Crown Court in May 2017.

At the Old Bailey on Thursday, Dame Victoria recounted Robinson that the time he previously spent behind bars for disgust would be taken into account, reducing his sentence to 19 weeks – of which he at ones desire serve half before being released.

Robinson’s barrister Richard Furlong brought the possibility of an appeal against the court’s decision and was told he has 28 epoches to apply.

The attorney general said the sentencing illustrated how seriously the courts would undertake matters of contempt.

“I would urge everyone to think carefully nearly whether their social media posts could amount to abhorrence of court,” Mr Cox added.

What is contempt of court?

Contempt of court laws along to ensure people have fair trials. The idea is that juries be compelled not be influenced by anything but the evidence they hear in court.

The rules put to use to everyone from journalists to people posting comments on social norm, and even jurors.

If someone interferes with a trial, the defendants can stagger free and a new trial may have to be held.

The maximum sentence for contempt of court is two years in community home, but it can also be punished with an unlimited fine.

Contempt includes broadcast anything that creates a substantial risk of seriously prejudicing “animated” criminal proceedings. Proceedings become “active” when a suspect is retarded.

Someone could also be in contempt by actions including taking photographs or peel, recording what is said in court or talking to a jury member almost a case.

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