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Tommy Robinson: EDL founder freed from jail after nine weeks | UK News



Tommy Robinson has been pictured after being released from jail following his sentence for contempt of court.

Photographs posted on social media showed the English Defence League (EDL) founder smiling, with longer hair and a beard, outside Belmarsh prison in London.

Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was handed a nine-month sentence at the Old Bailey in July, but was told he would only spend 10 weeks behind bars.

Tommy Robinson was pictured after being released from Belmarsh prison
Robinson was pictured smiling with longer hair and a beard

His previous time in prison for the same offence saw the sentence reduced to 19 weeks, and the far-right activist was told he would be released after serving half of it.

In a video posted online following his release, Robinson said: “First stop – hairdressers.”

The 36-year-old from Luton was jailed after he filmed suspects on trial over the sexual exploitation of young girls and live-streamed the footage on Facebook – breaching a reporting ban.

Judges ruled Robinson had breached the reporting restriction by live-streaming the video to 250,000 viewers and by “aggressively confronting and filming” some of the defendants.

Tommy Robinson arrives for his sentencing at the Old Bailey in London
Robinson was jailed at the Old Bailey in July

In her sentencing remarks, Dame Victoria Sharp told Robinson that “nothing less than a custodial penalty would properly reflect the gravity of the conduct we have identified”.

She also said he had “lied about a number of matters” and that he had wrongly “sought to portray himself as the victim of unfairness and oppression”.

Outside court, hundreds of Robinson’s supporters had gathered with many reacting angrily to the verdict.

Supporters of Tommy Robinson clash with police outside the Old Bailey in London after the former EDL leader was found in contempt of court by High Court judges for filming defendants in a criminal trial and broadcasting the footage on social media. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 5, 2019. See PA story COURTS Robinson. Photo credit should read: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

Robinson had been jailed for 13 months in May 2018 after a previous trial on the contempt matter.

But he was freed from prison after two months following the Court of Appeal’s decision to quash the finding of contempt made in Leeds.

The case was referred back to the Attorney General Geoffrey Cox QC, who announced in March that fresh contempt proceedings would be brought against Robinson.

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