Tommy Robinson sentenced to nine months in prison

Tommy Robinson

Robinson, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was found guilty of contempt of court previous year and sentenced to 13 months in prison.

The nine months comprises six months for Robinson's actions outside Leeds Crown Court, and the activation of a separate three-month suspended sentence for similar actions at Canterbury Crown Court.

Violent clashes erupted outside court after the sentencing was booed by Robinson's supporters.

Robinson denied any wrongdoing throughout the trial, seemingly unaware of the meaning of contempt of court, which is created to ensure fair criminal trials.

The former leader of the English Defence League was found guilty last week of breaching a reporting ban by live-streaming footage of defendants arriving at Leeds Crown Court.

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.

Passing sentence today, Dame Victoria Sharp said: "He [Robinson] has lied about a number of matters and sought to portray himself as the victim of unfairness and oppression".

"You've added more support for me and for my cause", Robinson added, addressing judges who considered the case.

"This does not increase his sentence, but it does mean that there can be no reduction for an admission of guilt".

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He served 10 weeks in jail before being freed after the original finding of contempt was overturned by the Court of Appeal in August 2018.

Speaking after his previous hearing, Attorney General Geoffrey Cox said: "Posting material online that breaches reporting restrictions or risks prejudicing legal proceedings is a very serious matter and this is reflected in the court's decision today".

In a written ruling released earlier this week, Dame Victoria and Mr Justice Warby explained why they had found the 36-year-old guilty.

Robinson made the request during an interview with right-wing conspiracy theory channel InfoWars, telling the website he felt like he was "two days away from being sentenced to death in the UK".

"So far this year, he's been humiliated at the ballot box, kicked off social media platforms for hate speech, jailed for contempt, and it's only July".

Dozens of angry supporters of British far-right activist Stephen Yaxley-Lennon scuffled with police and marched on parliament after he was jailed on Thursday for contempt of court.

He referred to the sentence as an "absolute joke", having arrived at court in a t-shirt that said "Convicted of Journalism" with a design comparing the United Kingdom to North Korea on the back.

However, he had changed into a plain black T-shirt by the time he arrived in court with his legal team.

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