Tommy Robinson Has Been Jailed For Nine Months For Contempt Of Court

Joshua RogersJoshua Rogers in News, UK, World
Published 11.07.19
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Tommy Robinson has been sentenced to nine months in prison for committing contempt of court.

The 36-year-old, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, broadcast reports that encouraged “vigilante action” and “unlawful physical” aggression against defendants in a sexual exploitation trial, according to the judges who found him guilty earlier this month.

Dame Victoria Sharp and Mr Justice Warby found Robinson was 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.

Passing sentence, Dame Victoria Sharp said: “We are in no doubt that the custody threshold is crossed in this case, in particular having regard to the common law contempt that the respondent committed. “

“Nothing less than a custodial penalty would properly reflect the gravity of the conduct we have identified.”

She said that the purpose of sentencing for contempt was “punishment and deterrence of the contemnor”, adding: “The court is also concerned to demonstrate its determination to uphold the rule of law.”

Dame Victoria continued: “The respondent (Robinson) cannot be given credit for pleading guilty. He has lied about a number of matters and sought to portray himself as the victim of unfairness and oppression.

This does not increase his sentence, but it does mean that there can be no reduction for an admission of guilt.”

His supporters erupted in anger outside following the sentencing verdict. The crowd chanted “we want Tommy out” before some threw bottles and cans at police.

Posts made by Tommy Robinson News account on the Telegram messaging app said: “Time for the protests to start, this is an absolute joke!”

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