Tommy Robinson jailed for nine months for contempt of court

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Tommy Robinson has been jailed for contempt of court for broadcasting a video on social media featuring defendants in a criminal trial.

The 36-year-old filmed men accused of sexual exploitation of young girls and streamed the footage on Facebook.

During sentencing the High Court accounted for time he had already spent behind bars for contempt, meaning his sentence was reduced to 19 weeks – of which he will serve half before being released.

High Court judge Dame Victoria Sharp said Robinson encouraged “vigilante action” in the May 2018 video, which lasted 90 minutes and was viewed 3.4 million times.

In a joint statement judges Dame Sharp and Mr Justice Warby said: “The dangers of using the unmoderated platforms of social media, with the unparalleled speed and reach of such communications, are obvious.”

Robinson supporters were kept behind barriers outside the Old Bailey

Hundreds of Robinson supporters gathered outside the Old Bailey in London, while officers in riot gear maintained a significant police presence.

During the two day trial the right-wing activist denied any wrongdoing, and outside court wore a shirt emblazoned with “convicted of journalism”.

He said he did not believe he was breaching reporting restrictions by filming inside a Leeds courtroom and had only referred to information already in the public domain.

He posted a message to his supporters that said: “Sentenced to prison for journalism. Time for protests to start, this is an absolute joke!”

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

He served 10 weeks in jail before the first contempt finding was overturned on appeal.

But the case was referred back to the Attorney General, who brought fresh proceedings against him.

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