VIDEO: Tommy Robinson is jailed for breaching Canterbury sentence

Tommy Robinson being arrested

English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson has been jailed for 13 months for contempt of court and breaching a suspended prison sentence he received in Canterbury.

The 35-year-old was handed the sentence by Canterbury Crown Court judge Heather Norton after he attempted to film Asian defendants in a gang rape trial.

Today, a judge in Leeds lifted an order which prevent reporting of the case. It means that the activation of the suspended sentence can be reported.

Robinson – real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon – admitted the breach and contempt of court.

He had been filming outside Leeds Crown Court during another trial.

The film has been watched more than 250,000 times.

Robinson was livestreaming via his Facebook page when he was arrested for a suspected breach of the peace outside the court.

Last year, while working for a Canadian based online publisher called Rebel Media he turned up at Canterbury Crown Court to report on a case involving four men accused of raping a 16-year-old at a Ramsgate kebab shop.

He breached court rules about reporting court cases and was warned by Judge Norton that he should not disrupt ongoing trials.

She told him: “This is not about free speech, not about the freedom of the Press, nor about legitimate journalism, and not about political correctness.

“It is about justice and ensuring that a trial can be carried out justly and fairly. It’s about being innocent until proven guilty.

“It is about preserving the integrity of the jury to continue without people being intimidated or being affected by irresponsible and inaccurate reporting, if that’s what it was.”

After Robinson was taken into custody, there were angry protests from his supporters at the gates of Downing Street over the weekend.


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