Saturday, 20 July, 2019

Tommy Robinson sentenced to nine months in jail

Tommy Robinson arriving at court Tommy Robinson arriving at court
Steven Clarke | 11 July, 2019, 22:04

Robinson was found to have committed contempt of court following a two-day hearing at the Old Bailey last Friday.

Robinson was read the sentence Thursday at a courthouse in London and news of it angered his supporters gathered outside.

Robinson had instructed his lawyer "to read out a series of past Contempt of Court findings against newspapers which (in summary) had not led to jail terms for editors or reporters accused of disrupting trials", according to BBC reporter Dominic Casciani, but to no avail, with judges imposing a custodial term only one month shorter than his previous sentence, declaring that "the main goal of the penalty is punishment and deterrence".

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

Judge Victoria Sharp reportedly told Robinson on Thursday that previous time he has spent in prison would be taken into account for his new sentence - cutting it down to 19 weeks.

A court later freed him and said more review was needed.

Giving reasons for their findings on Tuesday, Dame Victoria said Robinson encouraged "vigilante action" in the video, which lasted an hour-and-a-half and was viewed online 250,000 times on the morning of the broadcast.

"I would urge everyone to think carefully about whether their social media posts could amount to contempt of court".

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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. However, Yaxley-Lennon's 90 minute video was streamed while the jury in the second trial was considering its verdict.

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.

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

Dame Victoria Sharp and Mr Justice Warby found that Robinson was in contempt by breaching the ban, live-streaming the video from outside the court's public entrance and "aggressively confronting and filming" defendants.

Fresh proceedings were found by the Attorney General to be in the public interest in March this year.

However, after serving two months in jail, his original case was overturned by the Court of Appeal.

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

Robinson arrived at court wearing a t-shirt with the slogan "convicted of journalism", and also sporting a badge reading "I support soldiers A-Z".

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