Robinson jailed for contempt of court

Tommy Robinson

Robinson had denied breaching the reporting ban and as he arrived at the Old Bailey in London this morning, he claimed he was being "arrested illegally".

"Today's sentencing of Yaxley-Lennon serves to illustrate how seriously the courts will take matters of contempt", said Attorney General Geoffrey Cox, the government's chief legal adviser Yaxley-Lennon, who arrived at court wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the message "Convicted of Journalism" with the words "Britain = North Korea" on the back, was arrested in May previous year for making the video recordings and jailed for 13 months later that day. Some pelted police with bottles and cans and officers donned their helmets.

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.

Posting material online that breaches reporting restrictions or risks prejudicing legal proceedings has consequences, and I would urge everyone to think carefully about whether their social media posts could amount to contempt of court.

Dame Sharp previously said that he had encouraged "vigilante action" in the video - which lasted for an hour-and-a-half and was viewed millions of times.

Following his sentencing, Robinson's supporters marched on Parliament and according to PA verbally abused and physically intimidated journalists filming on College Green.

He had argued in his defence that he did not believe he was breaching restrictions and that any information he gave was already public.

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Outside court, his supporters gathered at a double-decker bus blocking the street at the the Ludgate Hill end.

The broadcast was classed as interfering with the trial of the defendants, who were charged with sexual grooming back in May 2018.

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.

Dame Victoria Sharp, sitting with Mr Justice Warby, said the contempt committed by Robinson was not "deliberate defiance" and he had not meant to "interfere with the administration of justice".

The nine months comprises six months for Robinson's actions outside Leeds Crown Court, and the activation of a separate three-month suspended sentence for similar actions at Canterbury Crown Court.

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.

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

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