Published: Thu, July 11, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

United Kingdom far-right activist jailed for contempt of court

United Kingdom far-right activist jailed for contempt of court

Two High Court judges found Robinson, 36, guilty on July 5, stating that he had been "subjectively reckless" by breaching a reporting ban.

Robinson was imprisoned again today during sentencing at The Old Bailey.

Outside the London court, supporters of Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, booed as news of his sentence reached them.

Police were then pelted with cans and plastic bottles as the group began chanting "we want Tommy out".

The impact the live streaming nearly allowed the groomers to walk free from conviction at Leeds Crown Court, It had such a serious impact on proceedings that the legal proceedings were nearly dropped.

She said that the objective 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".

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

In her ruling, judge Victoria Sharp said that in his video Yaxley-Lennon, who argued he is highlighting cases ignored by mainstream media, "approves and encourages vigilante action" and his viewers would have understood it as "an incitement to engage in harassment of the defendants".

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.


In an appearance on the far-right conspiracy theory website InfoWars on Monday, Robinson asked US President Donald Trump to grant him asylum in America, claiming he faced being killed in prison if he was jailed on Thursday.

Throughout the Old Bailey hearing, Robinson denied any wrongdoing, saying he did not believe he was breaching reporting restrictions and only referred to information that was already in the public domain.

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

Robinson broadcast the footage while the jury in the second of a series of linked grooming trials was considering its verdict.

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

Dame Victoria Sharp told Robinson that the time he previously spent behind bars for the contempt will be taken into account, reducing his sentence to 19 weeks - of which he will serve half before being released.

The nine month jail sentence served on Thursday includes six months for the Leeds Crown Court offence previous year and another three months for contempt of court, following a suspended sentence given at Canterbury Crown Court in May 2017.

Robinson has 28 days to appeal against his conviction.

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