Publicado: Vie, Julio 12, 2019
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, aka Tommy Robinson, jailed for nine months

Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, aka Tommy Robinson, jailed for nine months

As well as breaching a reporting restriction, contempt can also be committed in other ways, including by taking photographs in the precincts of the court or attempting to speak to a juror.

Giving reasons for the contempt finding 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.

But Dame Victoria and Mr Justice Warby found 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.

The office said Robinson was sentenced to six months in prison for that incident and a further three months for a previous contempt.

A social media account in Robinson's name called the sentence an "absolute joke" and said it was time to protest.

Anyone found in contempt of court can be jailed for up to two years, receive an unlimited fine, or both. Yaxley-Lennon, who uses the pseudonym Tommy Robinson, was arrested and jailed past year for potentially prejudicing a trial after the Facebook broadcast outside a trial of men accused of sexually abusing teenage girls.

The crowd marched towards the Old Bailey chanting "we want Tommy out" before some began pelting police with bottles and cans.

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Supporters who had gathered outside court briefly clashed with police as the sentence was announced before marching to Parliament Square.

He was initially jailed for 13 months and served two in prison, but the Court of Appeal overturned the original contempt of court verdict in August 2018 and he was freed.

It relates to a Facebook Live broadcast he made outside the trial of a sexual grooming gang at Leeds Crown Court in May 2018 for which reporting restrictions had been put in place to ensure the 29 defendants were given a fair trial.

In a written ruling released earlier this week, Dame Victoria and Mr Justice Warby explained why they had found the 36-year-old guilty.

The content of what he published online gave rise to a substantial risk that the course of justice in the criminal case would be seriously impeded, thereby amounting to a breach of the rule of contempt law known as "the strict liability rule".

However he successfully appealed against the conviction and was released.

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.

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