Tommy Robinson Sentenced to Nine Months in Prison

Nellie Chapman
July 11, 2019

Robinson filmed men accused of sexually exploiting young girls, breaching a reporting ban on the trial.

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

In a video shared by his supporters online after his sentencing, he which he wore a black shirt emblazoned with "convicted for journalism", Robinson called on his supporter to protest.

A British judge has sentenced far-right activist Stephen Yaxley-Lennon to a total of nine months in prison for contempt of court.

The crowd, booing and chanting "we want Tommy out", started pelting police officers with bottles and cans, the BBC reported.

Robinson was jailed for 13 months in May 2018 after being found in contempt of court on the day of the broadcast.

The sentencing hearing on Thursday was briefly delayed after Robinson, who arrived outside court accompanied by far-right commentator Katie Hopkins, was mobbed by supporters.

Dame Victoria Sharp said Robinson's previous time in jail had been taken into consideration, reducing his sentence to 19 weeks - of which he will serve half before being released.

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Robinson, 36, denied any wrongdoing, saying he did not believe he was breaching any reporting restrictions and had only referred to information that was already in the public domain.

Robinson broadcast the footage while the jury in the second of a series of linked grooming trials was considering its verdict.

"By aggressively confronting and filming some of the defendants in that case as they arrived at court, he interfered with the course of justice", the British Attorney General's Office said a statement announcing the 9-month sentence Thursday.

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".

However, the restrictions had been in place to postpone publication of any details of the case until the end of all the trials, in order to ensure a fair trial of the 29 defendants.

Attorney-General Geoffrey Cox was given leave to relitigate the case, however, which he chose to do - resulting in Robinson being reconvicted, despite his defence team's arguments that his behaviour was "not materially different to the behaviour we see outside courts day in and day" from mainstream media reporters.

Robinson was jailed for 13 months past year and was released from prison upon appeal and resentenced today for nine months.

He referred to the sentence as an "absolute joke", having arrived at court in a t-shirt that said "Convicted of Journalism" with a design comparing the United Kingdom to North Korea on the back.

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