Ex-EDL leader Tommy Robinson prepares for contempt of court hearing

Tommy Robinson has arrived at the Old Bailey to find out whether he’ll be sent back to prison for posting videos online about trials.

A large crowd of supporters gathered outside the central London court ahead of the far-Right activist’s latest court appearance over contempt of court. 

Asked if he was feeling confident, Robinson told the Press Association: ‘Yeah, quietly.’ 

Tommy Robinson, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, arrives at the Old Bailey today to hear whether he faces being sent back to prison for breaching contempt of court laws

Tommy Robinson, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, arrives at the Old Bailey today to hear whether he faces being sent back to prison for breaching contempt of court laws

Tommy Robinson, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, arrives at the Old Bailey today to hear whether he faces being sent back to prison for breaching contempt of court laws

Earlier today, Robinson posted a video of himself ahead of his contempt of court hearing

Earlier today, Robinson posted a video of himself ahead of his contempt of court hearing

Earlier today, Robinson posted a video of himself ahead of his contempt of court hearing

The far-right activist was released from prison last month after three leading judges quashed a finding made at Leeds Crown Court in May, and granted him conditional bail from a 13-month jail sentence.

Robinson, 35, is expected to appear at the Old Bailey on Thursday under his real name, Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, to face a fresh hearing over the allegation

Earlier today, he posted a video online today, in which he branded the case a ‘crock of s***’.

Robinson is alleged to have committed contempt of court by filming people in a criminal trial and broadcasting footage on social media.

Robinson left HMP Onley in Rugby on August 1 but could face being sent back to jail if the judge finds him in contempt – the maximum sentence is two years imprisonment.

He was jailed in May after filming people involved in a criminal trial and broadcasting the footage on social media, and has already served the equivalent of a four-month sentence.

Scores of supporters of the far-Right activist have gathered outside London's Old Bailey

Scores of supporters of the far-Right activist have gathered outside London's Old Bailey

Scores of supporters of the far-Right activist have gathered outside London’s Old Bailey

Supporters holding posters and waving flags stood on the pavement outside the London court

Supporters holding posters and waving flags stood on the pavement outside the London court

Supporters holding posters and waving flags stood on the pavement outside the London court

Robinson was sentenced to 10 months’ imprisonment for contempt of court, which he admitted, and a further three months for breaching a previous suspended sentence.

In May last year he faced contempt proceedings over footage he filmed during the trial of four men who were later convicted of gang-raping a teenage girl.

A judge at Canterbury Crown Court gave him a three-month suspended sentence for that offence and told him his punishment was not about ‘freedom of speech or freedom of the press’ but about ‘justice and ensuring that a trial can be carried out justly and fairly’.

There was a large police presence outside the court as supporters gathered this morning

There was a large police presence outside the court as supporters gathered this morning

There was a large police presence outside the court as supporters gathered this morning

Robinson appealed against both contempt findings at a hearing last month heard by Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett, Mr Justice Turner and Mrs Justice McGowan.

They found the judge at Leeds should not have commenced contempt proceedings that day.

Lord Burnett said ‘no particulars of the contempt were formulated or put to the appellant’, and there was ‘a muddle over the nature of the contempt being considered’.

He added: ‘Where a custodial term of considerable length is being imposed, it should not usually occur so quickly after the conduct which is complained of; a sentence of committal to immediate custody had been pronounced within five hours of the conduct taking place.’

The judges dismissed Robinson’s appeal in respect of the contempt finding at Canterbury Crown Court.

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