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Tommy Robinson in court: EDL founder at Old Bailey

October 23, 2018 8:36 AM
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TOMMY Robinson, the former English Defence League leader said he is “100 percent” going back to jail today ahead of an appearance at the Old Bailey over allegations of contempt of court.

Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was first imprisoned in August for the case, but his sentence was quashed due to procedural failings.

He could be jailed if he is found in contempt for filming people in a criminal trial in Leeds and broadcasting the footage on social media.

Hundreds of people have gathered outside the Old Bailey where they have been chanting they will not leave until Robinson is a free man.

The far-right activist confronted a defendant in a Huddersfield grooming trial in a live video viewed hundreds of thousands of times on Facebook.

Restrictions had been put in place delaying the reporting of the case and identifying those accused to ensure a fair trial.

But Robinson is charged with breaching the restrictions by filming and broadcasting a Facebook Live video outside the trial at Leeds Crown Court on May 25.

Prior to the hearing, Robinson said to the German media outlet PI-News: “I was told if I plead guilty and apologise then I can go home.

“I’ve got nothing to apologise for, I’m not guilty. I’ll be found guilty, because I don’t have a jury, it’s before a judge.

According to section 41 of the Criminal Justice Act 1925, it is an offence to photograph people within court precincts.


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