Tommy Robinson released from prison after nine weeks

Robinson joked he 'looked a mess'

Friday, September 13, 2019

Tommy Robinson has been released from jail after serving nine weeks of a nine-month sentence for contempt of court.

The founder of the English Defence League was sporting a beard and longer hair than usual as he spoke to his supporters outside Belmarsh prison in London this morning.

In a video posted to social media of Robinson leaving the prison, he joked: "I know I look a mess.. first stop - hairdressers".

He denied he had been ever been attacked whilst behind bars, and claimed that he had been kept in solitary confinement for his own protection.

"I have walked into Belmarsh prison and walked back out without seeing another prisoner," he recounted.

"They would have [killed me]."

He said he had received 14 sacks of mail from supporters while in prison.

Robinson was sentenced in July after he Facebook live-streamed footage that showed defendants in a sexual exploitation trial, putting the case at risk of collapse.

Judges concluded that he was in contempt by breaching the reporting restriction imposed on the trial, by live-streaming the video from outside the public entrance to the court, and by "aggressively confronting and filming" some of the defendants.

His sentence was reduced to 19 weeks - and he was told he would be released after half of it - as he had served time in prison previously for the same offence.

At sentencing, 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.”

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