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Tommy Robinson jailed for contempt of court

Tommy Robinson

The ex-English Defence League leader was found guilty last week of interfering with the trial of a sexual grooming gang at Leeds Crown Court in May 2018.

As in the Robinson case, an order may be made under section 4 (2) of the Act to postpone reporting of a trial until its conclusion, where a judge believes it is necessary.

There were scuffles with the police as his supporters blocked the gates to parliament and shouted "paedo protectors" and "we want Tommy out".

Tommy Robinson with Katy Hopkins as he arrives for his sentencing at the Old Bailey in London.

Journalists filming the protest said they were verbally abused, intimidated, and had their equipment attacked before police arrived.

They concluded he was in contempt by breaching the reporting restriction imposed on the trial, by live-streaming the video from outside the public entrance to the court and by "aggressively confronting and filming" some of the defendants.

In her sentencing remarks, Dame Victoria Sharp told Robinson, of Luton in Bedfordshire, that "nothing less than a custodial penalty would properly reflect the gravity of the conduct we have identified".

But the judges found he had encouraged others "to harass a defendant by finding him, knocking on his door, following him, and watching him".

In a written verdict they found that he had created "a real risk that the course of justice would be seriously impeded".

Robinson, who's real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, filmed a video which featured defendants in a criminal trial and broadcast it on Facebook which featured defendants in a criminal trial.

The case then was referred to Attorney General Geoffrey Cox in May of this year after High Court judges approved his request to bring fresh proceedings against Robinson, citing public interest, Sky News reported.

Robinson was jailed for 13 months a year ago and was released from prison upon appeal and resentenced today for nine months.

Dame Victoria told Robinson that the time he previously spent behind bars will be taken into account, reducing his sentence to 19 weeks - of which he will serve half before being released.

Robinson has 28 days to appeal against his conviction.

She said that the objective of sentencing for contempt was "punishment and deterrence of the contemnor", adding: "The court is also concerned to demonstrate its determination to uphold the rule of law".

She said the objective of sentencing for contempt was "punishment and deterrence" and said the court was also "concerned to demonstrate its determination to uphold the rule of law".

Contempt of court laws exist to ensure people get fair trials.

The maximum sentence is two years' imprisonment.