Tommy Robinson dealing with recent listening to after profitable contempt of courtroom problem (News)


Former English Defence League (EDL) chief Tommy Robinson is dealing with a recent listening to over an allegation that he dedicated contempt of courtroom by filming individuals in a legal trial and broadcasting footage on social media.

Three main judges in London quashed a contempt discovering made at Leeds Crown Court docket in Could, and granted Robinson conditional bail from a 13-month jail sentence pending new proceedings on the Outdated Bailey.

Robinson was not current on Wednesday when the Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett, Mr Justice Turner and Mrs Justice McGowan introduced their choice – which was greeted with a spherical of applause by supporters within the packed courtroom.

The judges mentioned {that a} recent listening to must be held “as quickly as moderately potential”.

They mentioned they have been happy that the choice at Leeds to proceed to committal to jail “so promptly”, and with out “due regard” to guidelines governing the process to be adopted when a Crown Court docket offers with the conduct of an individual alleged to have acted in contempt of courtroom, “gave rise to unfairness”.

Police get in between demonstrators exterior courtroom (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

Lord Burnett introduced: “We enable the enchantment and remit the matter to be heard by a distinct decide. There isn’t any requirement that it’s heard in Leeds…

“We invite the Legal professional Common to appoint an advocate to look on the recent listening to.

“It is necessary that the case is offered by somebody aside from a decide, having taken correct steps to set out the offending conduct, by reference to the video in query.”

He mentioned: “The appellant can be granted bail pending the rehearing. That bail can be conditional.

“We order that he’s to not strategy inside 400 metres of Leeds Crown Court docket.”

Lord Burnett added that the rehearing can be performed by the Recorder of London on the Outdated Bailey “as quickly as moderately potential”.

Supporters of Tommy Robinson exterior the Royal Courts of Justice (John Stillwell/PA)

The judges had been urged to overturn two contempt of courtroom findings towards Robinson, 35, whose actual title is Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon – the one made at Leeds Crown Court docket and an earlier discovering at Canterbury Crown Court docket.

At a listening to in July, his QC Jeremy Dein argued that procedural “deficiencies” had given rise to “prejudice”.

Mr Dein additionally submitted that the sentence was “manifestly extreme” and that “inadequate” regard had been given to non-public mitigation.

Robinson was jailed in Could after he filmed individuals concerned in a legal trial and broadcast the footage on social media.

The footage, lasting round an hour, was watched 250,000 instances inside hours of being posted on Fb.

Demonstrations towards Tommy Robinson exterior the Royal Courts of Justice (John Stillwell/PA)

The far-right activist was given 10 months for contempt of courtroom,  which he admitted, and an additional three months for breaching a earlier suspended sentence.

Robinson was detained exterior Leeds Crown Court docket after utilizing social media to broadcast particulars of a trial which is topic to blanket reporting restrictions.

In Could final 12 months he had confronted contempt proceedings over footage he filmed through the trial of 4 males who have been later convicted of gang-raping a teenage lady.

A decide at Canterbury Crown Court docket gave him a three-month suspended sentence and advised him his punishment was not about “freedom of speech or freedom of the press” however about “justice and making certain {that a} trial may be carried out justly and pretty”.

Police get between demonstrators exterior the Royal Courts of Justice (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

Mr Dein argued through the current enchantment proceedings that the findings of contempt of courtroom on every event must be quashed as a “conglomeration of procedural deficiencies” had given rise to prejudice.

The QC mentioned the proceedings in Leeds had been “unnecessarily and unjustifiably rushed”.

He advised the judges: “We preserve it’s of specific significance that proper from the outset the appellant, albeit in a really nerve-racking and troublesome scenario, provided to have the reside stream taken down and phone individuals who may achieve this.”

There had been no intention to disrupt the trial or to breach any order, Mr Dein mentioned.

Lord Burnett, giving causes for the courtroom’s choice regarding the Leeds Crown Court docket allegation, mentioned that when Robinson “had eliminated the video from Fb there was not ample urgency to justify speedy proceedings”.

The decide at Leeds mustn’t have commenced contempt proceedings that day.

Lord Burnett mentioned “no particulars of the contempt have been formulated or put to the appellant”, and there was “a muddle over the character of the contempt being thought-about”.

He added: “The place a custodial time period of appreciable size is being imposed, it mustn’t often happen so rapidly after the conduct which is complained of; a sentence of committal to speedy custody had been pronounced inside 5 hours of the conduct happening.”

The judges introduced that they had dismissed Robinson’s enchantment in respect of the contempt discovering at Canterbury Crown Court docket.

A bunch of about 30 anti-fascist protesters gathered exterior the Royal Courts of Justice after the ruling, shouting chants together with “Nazi scum, off our streets” and “refugees are welcome right here”.


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