Tommy Robinson jailed after breaching contempt of court laws

Tommy Robinson arrested outside child grooming trial for'breaching the peace

Robinson was arrested of Leeds Crown Court on Friday.

A judge had attempted to ban all reporting of the case over the weekend, but it can now be revealed after the restrictions were challenged by Leeds Live and other publications.

"He can now add contempt of court to his very long criminal record".

"If I have to do that it will mean a re-trial, costing hundreds and hundreds and thousands of pounds".

The far-right activist was arrested for breaching the peace, held in a cell, and then appeared before Judge Geoffrey Marson QC to face trial.

The court heard the footage had received 250,000 views and a story about Robinson's arrest was the lead article on a national newspaper website.

During Friday's hearing, Matthew Harding, defending, claimed that his client had "deep regret" for what he had done.

"Mr Harding said: "[Robinson] was mindful, having spoken to others and taken advice, not to say things that he thought would actually prejudice these proceedings", LeedsLive report.

"He did not try to cause difficulties for the court process".

Judge Marson told Robinson that only an immediate jail term could be imposed as his actions had been so serious.

"That is the nature of the contempt".

"It is about justice and ensuring that a trial can be carried out justly and fairly, it's about being innocent until proven guilty". Robinson was trying to speak with the defendants about details of the trial prior to them entering the court building, an act which allegedly broke the court-ordered restriction on media.

"Tommy Robinson has been arrested and jailed for reporting on Muslim grooming gangs", the petition states.

However, legal blogger The Secret Barrister says the reporting restrictions have inadvertently enabled a false narrative to flourish online. Video footage, that was shared widely across social media shows Robinson being surrounded and arrested by police.

Robinson, 35, served as a correspondent for Canada's conservative news portal The Rebel Media in 2017 and now functions as an independent journalist. If he is unsure about that, he's now got time on his hands to read a copy of Essential Law for Journalists.

Robinson's sentence follows a previous conviction on the same charge a year ago for which he received a suspended sentence that was still in force when he filmed his comments outside the court last week.

He had initially been handed a suspended sentence, which was activated last week, after a judge said his citizen reporting of a grooming and rape trial in Canterbury past year had also prejudiced the case.

Jones goes on to highlight the case of a "senior member" of the far-right EDL, who was jailed earlier this year for sexually abusing a 10-year-old schoolgirl dozens of times.

It became known for its street marches and demonstrations in towns and cities before he quit the group in 2013.

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