Tommy Robinson has been jailed for 13 months for contempt of court

Minnie Murray
June 1, 2018

The former leader of the English Defence League, Tommy Robinson, has been jailed for 13 months after flouting court orders for a second time.

Robinson was sentenced to 10 months for contempt of court and a further three months for breaching the terms of a previous suspended sentence.

The judge who handed down the sentence on Tuesday emphasised how Robinson's actions could have caused a long-running trial to collapse, wasting hundreds of thousands of pounds of taxpayer money to be wasted.

An independent United Kingdom reporter was arrested by police outside a Leeds court house where he was using social media to live stream his attempts to shed light on a case involving the trial of Muslim men accused of raping British girls.

He told her: "Many of our viewers may have watched your activities in the past year and a half and think you have treated your sister Meghan in a very shabby way".

During Friday's hearing, Matthew Harding, defending, claimed that his client had "deep regret" for what he had done.

Robinson filmed an hour-long live stream outside the court, in which he spoke about an ongoing trial.

According to the group's website, they stand for "free speech in practice" and "free speech in the law". Last year Robinson was sentenced for committing contempt of court in Canterbury.

The trial Robinson live-streamed was covered by restrictions on what could be reported while it was underway - a common practice in Britain, created to protect the impartiality of the jury.

Robinson's actions outside the court, namely his Facebook live broadcast, found him in "contempt of court".

A judge had attempted to ban all reporting of the case over the weekend, but it can now be revealed after the restrictions were challenged by Leeds Live and other publications. Apparently, free speech only applies to those who the United Kingdom approves of. That's one of the most important rights that we have.

"I am not sure you appreciate the potential effect of what you have done". "If the jurors in my present trial get to know of this video, I will no doubt be faced with an application to discharge the jury".

Robinson has a criminal record dating back to 2005, when he was convicted of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Marson also said that the witnesses would have the trauma of having to give evidence before another jury.

In the past few years, Tommy Robinson's far-right stock has been on the rise. It's unclear where Robinson currently is right now, but the reality of how the United Kingdom is censoring its own people, for simply speaking out on certain issues. In 2014, he was sent to jail for mortgage fraud.

The far-right were also critical of the lack of media coverage of Robinson's conviction - which they claimed was proof of a conspiracy to silence him.

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