High Court judges hear latest stage of Tommy Robinson contempt case

High Court judges hear latest stage of Tommy Robinson contempt case

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Excessive Courtroom judges will hear the newest stage of a case towards Tommy Robinson over an allegation he dedicated contempt of courtroom by filming individuals in a felony trial and broadcasting footage on social media.

Lawyer Common Geoffrey Cox QC introduced earlier this month that it was within the public curiosity to convey recent proceedings towards the previous English Defence League (EDL) chief, whose actual identify is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon.

The primary listening to within the new case will happen earlier than two Excessive Courtroom judges on the Previous Bailey on Tuesday.

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

The listening to was as a consequence of happen in March however was postponed following a request by Robinson’s legal professionals.

Robinson was jailed for 13 months in Might final yr after he filmed individuals concerned in a legal trial at Leeds Crown Courtroom and broadcast the footage on social media.

The footage, lasting round an hour and a half, was watched 250,000 occasions inside hours of being posted on Fb.

It was filmed throughout one in every of a collection of trials of a Huddersfield grooming gang, which was coated by strict reporting restrictions banning publication of any particulars till the top of the ultimate one in September final yr.

However a contempt discovering made towards Robinson was quashed by the Courtroom of Attraction in August and he was free of jail after serving two months of his sentence.

Recorder of London Nicholas Hilliard QC was on account of hear the case on the Previous Bailey, however referred the case to the Lawyer Basic in October after receiving a press release from Robinson.

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

The 36-year-old, from Luton, could possibly be despatched again to jail if he's once more present in contempt, which carries a most sentence of two years.

Robinson, who's standing for election as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the North West Area within the European elections later this month, has beforehand vowed to contest the Lawyer Basic’s determination.

Crowds of supporters gathered outdoors the Royal Courts of Justice and the Previous Bailey for the earlier hearings and Robinson made an tackle on the October listening to.

A press release from the Lawyer Common’s workplace on March 7 stated Mr Cox had reached his determination based mostly on an evaluation of the proof and whether or not it was within the “wider public curiosity”.

Mr Cox stated: “After rigorously contemplating the small print of this case, I've concluded there are robust grounds to convey recent contempt of courtroom proceedings towards Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (aka Tommy Robinson).

“As proceedings at the moment are beneath approach, it will not be applicable to remark additional and I remind everybody that it's an offence to touch upon stay courtroom instances.”

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