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United Kingdom far-right activist gets 9 months in prison for contempt

United Kingdom far-right activist gets 9 months in prison for contempt

Only immediate custody was commensurate with the seriousness of the case the court heard. Total penalty was therefore was nine months - 39 weeks.

However, he had changed into a plain black T-shirt by the time he arrived in court with his legal team. "It's not a very good start", replied Dame Victoria Sharp.

The maximum sentence for contempt of court is two years in prison, but it can also be punished with an unlimited fine.

Robinson was imprisoned again today during sentencing at The Old Bailey. Batten was greeted by chants of "Bulldog" and "Gerard".

Officers put on their helmets as they were pelted with drinks bottles and cans, and City of London Police said three arrests were made.

The judges at the Old Bailey court in central London said his Facebook Live video had encouraged "vigilante action" and that it breached the reporting restrictions with Robinson "aggressively confronting and filming" some fo the defendants.

Today's sentencing of Yaxley-Lennon serves to illustrate how seriously the courts will take matters of contempt.

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.

The full judgement can be found here.

Ahead of the hearing, Robinson asked Donald Trump to grant him asylum in the US.

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The sentencing hearing on Thursday was briefly delayed after Robinson, who arrived outside court accompanied by far-right commentator Katie Hopkins, was mobbed by supporters.

Dame Victoria added: "Robinson can not be given credit for pleading guilty".

"Depending what decision you make on Thursday, my support will be stronger than ever ... either way I win".

He had argued in his defence that he did not believe he was breaching restrictions and that any information he gave was already public.

Yaxley-Lennon, who uses the pseudonym Tommy Robinson, was arrested and jailed past year for potentially prejudicing a trial after the Facebook broadcast outside a trial of men accused of sexually abusing teenage girls.

Dozens of his supporters have gathered on the streets outside the court, amid a heavy police presence.

The broadcast was classed as interfering with the trial of the defendants, who were charged with sexual grooming back in May 2018.

The video was eventually viewed 3.4 million times after being shared following his arrest.

However, the restrictions had been in place to postpone publication of any details of the case until the end of all the trials, in order to ensure a fair trial of the 29 defendants.

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