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

Lester Mason
July 11, 2019

Yaxley-Lennon, who uses the pseudonym Tommy Robinson, was arrested and jailed previous year for potentially prejudicing a trial after the Facebook broadcast outside a trial of men accused of sexually abusing teenage girls.

Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, who goes by the name of Tommy Robinson, has been jailed for 9 months for contempt of court.

Robinson looked up at the public gallery and winked as he was led to the cells through the secure dock in the centre of the courtroom, carrying a holdall bag.

She said that the goal of sentencing for contempt was "punishment and deterrence of the contemnor", adding: "The court is also concerned to demonstrate its determination to uphold the rule of law".

He was found guilty of contempt of court last week in relation to the live streaming which was broadcast to almost a million followers.

In May 2018, Yaxley-Lennon live-streamed a video outside Leeds Crown Court that contained information in breach of reporting restrictions.

Giving reasons for the decision 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.

Dozens of his supporters protested in central London, after he was imprisoned for nine months for contempt of court.

Robinson denied any wrongdoing throughout the trial, seemingly unaware of the meaning of contempt of court, which is created to ensure fair criminal trials.

The judge added: "The respondent (Robinson) can not be given credit for pleading guilty".

She also said he had "lied about a number of matters" and that he had wrongly "sought to portray himself as the victim of unfairness and oppression".

"This does not increase his sentence, but it does mean that there can be no reduction for an admission of guilt".

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

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

The video was eventually viewed 3.4 million times after being shared following his arrest.

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.

He was originally jailed for the offence on May 25 and released on August 1 following his appeal - serving a total of 69 days in custody, having received a 13-month sentence.

The case then was referred to Attorney General Geoffrey Cox in May of this year after High Court judges approved his request to bring fresh proceedings against Robinson, citing public interest, Sky News reported.

The judges also rejected claims by Yaxley-Lennon that he had made checks in the court about reporting restrictions.

A retrial was ordered after Robinson appealed the sentence with the lord chief justice, Lord Burnett of Maldon, saying the ruling was "flawed".

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