Tommy Robinson jailed for nine months over contempt of court

Tommy Robinson

Former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson is set to appear at the Central Criminal Court in London (Old Bailey) to hear the sentence in his contempt retrial on Thursday, July 11 after he was found guilty on Friday.

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.

He was ruled to have encouraged "vigilante action" in the video.

Dame Victoria and Mr Justice Warby concluded he committed contempt by breaching the reporting restriction imposed on the trial, by live-streaming the video from outside the public entrance to the court and by "aggressively confronting and filming" some of the defendants.

Several supporters of Tommy Robinson have been arrested following clashes with police after he was jailed for contempt of court.

A social media account in Robinson's name called the sentence an "absolute joke" and said it was time to protest.

Robinson was found to be in contempt for breaching a reporting ban by filming, outside Leeds Crown Court in May previous year, men accused of sexually exploiting young girls.

The maximum sentence is two years' imprisonment.

Robinson was found in contempt in three respects when he filmed men accused of the sexual exploitation of young girls and live-streamed the footage on Facebook, in breach of a reporting ban, outside Leeds Crown Court in May 2018.

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

In her sentencing remarks, Dame Victoria Sharp told Robinson, of Luton in Bedfordshire, that "nothing less than a custodial penalty would properly reflect the gravity of the conduct we have identified".

In most cases when someone is alleged to be in contempt of court, the matter will be referred to the Attorney General.

But the case was referred back to Attorney General Geoffrey Cox, whose decision to cite public interest in bringing fresh proceedings against Robinson was approved by High Court judges back in May.

Supporters of Yaxley-Lennon gathered outside the London court and booed as news of his sentence reached them.

In a written verdict they found that he had created "a real risk that the course of justice would be seriously impeded".

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".

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.

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