MANCHESTER: English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson has been jailed for 13 months after being arrested outside Leeds Crown Court last week, court officials have confirmed.
Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Christopher Yaxley Lennon, was sentenced to 10 months for contempt of court and a further three months for breaching the terms of a previous suspended sentence, Manchester online and other agencies have reported.
He was arrested on Friday for contempt of court after using social media to broadcast details of an ongoing trial which is subject to blanket reporting restrictions. Reporting restrictions were also placed on details of Robinson’s sentence but were lifted following a legal challenge on Tuesday.
His arrests parked mass protests outside Downing Street over the weekend as supporters demanded his release, Leeds Live reports. Police officers were deployed to keep the crowd under control.
In the footage of Robinson’s arrest, he asks one supporter as he is led away: “Can you get me a solicitor? I’m on a suspended sentence, you see.” One officer in the footage says before reading Robinson his rights: “You are being arrested on suspicion of causing a breach of the peace.” The video footage was played to Judge Geoffrey Marson QC as Robinson sat in the dock. Robinson, whose criminal record dates back to 2005, has a previous conviction for contempt of court. He was the subject of a suspended prison sentence, imposed at Canterbury Crown Court, after he filmed in court.