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Tommy Robinson jailed for nine months over contempt of court

Tommy Robinson jailed for nine months over contempt of court

"Today's sentencing of Yaxley-Lennon serves to illustrate how seriously the courts will take matters of contempt", said Attorney General Geoffrey Cox, the government's chief legal adviser Yaxley-Lennon, who arrived at court wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the message "Convicted of Journalism" with the words "Britain = North Korea" on the back, was arrested in May a year ago for making the video recordings and jailed for 13 months later that day.

Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, who goes by the name of Tommy Robinson, has been jailed for 9 months for contempt of court.

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

The activist's Telegram account slammed the court's ruling and called on his supporters to protest it.

Dame Victoria Sharp and Mr Justice Warby found him in contempt in three respects. He has lied about a number of matters and sought to portray himself as the victim of unfairness and oppression.

Dozens of his supporters protested in central London, after he was imprisoned for nine months for contempt of court.

He wore a shirt emblazoned with the messages "convicted of journalism" and "Britain = North Korea".

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". The idea is that juries must not be influenced by anything but the evidence they hear in court.

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Dame Victoria and Mr Justice Warby concluded he committed 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.

The video lasted an hour-and-a-half and was viewed online 250,000 times, after being live-streamed on Facebook.

He was originally jailed for the offence on May 25 and released on August 1 following his appeal - serving a total of 69 days in custody, having received a 13-month sentence.

The case was then referred back to Attorney General Geoffrey Cox, who announced, in March this year, that it was in the public interest to bring fresh proceedings.

He was found guilty of contempt of court last week in relation to the live streaming which was broadcast to almost a million followers.

In an appearance on the far-right conspiracy theory website InfoWars on Monday, Robinson asked Donald Trump to grant him asylum in the United States of America, claiming he faced being killed in prison if he was jailed on Thursday.

They said these were "not credible" and that he had "quite deliberately" broadcasted on the case, telling his viewers that it was the subject of reporting restrictions.