Tommy Robinson WILL face retrial over contempt of court, High Court judges rule

TOMMY Robinson WILL face retrial over a contempt of court charge, High Court judges ruled today.

Crowds of supporters booed and chanted "shame on you" after the decision was announced at the Old Bailey – one that could put the EDL founder back behind bars.

Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was jailed for 13 months last May after filming people in a criminal trial and broadcasting footage on social media.

The footage, lasting around an hour and a half, was watched 250,000 times within hours of being posted on Facebook.

But a contempt finding made against Robinson was quashed by the Court of Appeal in August and he was freed from prison after serving two months of his sentence.


Today two judges gave permission for a new case to be brought against him, following an application by the Attorney General Geoffrey Cox QC.

The 36-year-old, from Luton, could be sent back to jail if he is again found in contempt, which carries a maximum sentence of two years.

Andrew Caldecott QC said the court should give "due weight" to Cox's assessment that fresh proceedings are "in the wider public interest", but that it is "not conclusive".

The case against Robinson is being pursued on the basis he allegedly committed contempt by breaching a reporting restriction, breaching the rules covering court reporting and common law contempt.

Mr Caldecott said that in correspondence, Robinson's solicitors had submitted several written applications for why the contempt of court shouldn't be pursued.

These include the "exceptionally arduous" conditions of imprisonment he has already endured, a "medical matter", delay, and "cost to the public purse".


The reasons made for the ruling will be revealed at a full hearing on July 4 and 5, the court heard.

Mr Caldecott said the Attorney General considered Robinson's conduct during the Leeds Crown Court trial to be of "great concern".

He told the court that in one part of the broadcast, Robinson said of a defendant: "Harass him, find him, go knock on his door, follow him, see where he works, see what he's doing."

In another passage, Mr Caldecott said Robinson discussed how his video would be shared and "hopefully millions" of people would see it.

The barrister said: "The Attorney General is extremely concerned that conduct of the kind, particularly in those two passages seen in the context of the wider video, should in any way be considered as acceptable."

Attorney General Geoffrey Cox QC announced earlier this month that it was in the public interest to bring fresh proceedings against the former English Defence League (EDL) leader, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon.

It was due to take place in March but was postponed following a request by Robinson's lawyers.

Robinson's footage was filmed during one of a series of trials of a Huddersfield grooming gang, which was covered by strict reporting restrictions banning publication of any details until the end of the final one in September last year.

His appearance today comes after the North West MEP candidate was left drenched by milkshakes on two consecutive occasions while campaigning for the European elections.

Danyaal Mahmud, 23, claims Robinson and his gang were "antagonising" him after he was quizzed about grooming gangs.

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