Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (aka Tommy Robinson) has been sentenced to nine months imprisonment for contempt of court
The Divisional Court (Dame Victoria Sharp P and Warby J), sitting at the Old Bailey, today sentenced Stephen Yaxley-Lennon to nine months imprisonment for contempt of court. Yaxley-Lennon also goes by the name Tommy Robinson. Contempt proceedings were brought by the Attorney General.
The contempt arose from Yaxley-Lennon’s live-streaming on Facebook of defendants outside Leeds Crown Court in May 2018.
On 4 and 5 July 2019 the Court heard the substantive application. On 5 July 2019 the Court held Mr Yaxley-Lennon to be in contempt of court. Today the Court handed down its decision on sentencing.
In previously holding Yaxley-Lennon in contempt the Court had concluded that he committed a contempt of court in three respects: first, by breaching a reporting restriction imposed under s 4(2) of the Contempt of Court Act 1981; second, by live-streaming a video from outside the public entrance to the court, the content of which was found to gave rise to a substantial risk that the course of justice in that case would be seriously impeded; and third, by aggressively confronting and filming some of the defendants in that case as they arrived at court, thereby directly interfering with the course of justice.