90 Miles From Tyranny : ROBINSON FREED!! Tommy Robinson freed after winning appeal over contempt of court sentence

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

ROBINSON FREED!! Tommy Robinson freed after winning appeal over contempt of court sentence

TOMMY Robinson will today be freed from jail after winning his appeal for a contempt of court conviction.

The English Defence League (EDL) founder was sentenced to 13 months in prison earlier this year after broadcasting footage of trial defendants on social media.

Tommy Robinson was arrested outside Leeds Crown Court in May
But the 35-year-old, who did not appear for the hearing, is a free man again after the Court of Appeal ruled there were technical flaws in the ruling of the judge who jailed him.

The original judge was found to have rushed Robinson’s trial and as a result the court did not hear which parts of his offending footage was problematic.

This meant that he could not defend himself properly, the Court of Appeal heard.

The allegations against Robinson will be reheard at The Old Bailey later this year - possibly as early as September.

Tommy Robinson was told his actions may have caused the sensitive case to be abandoned

Announcing the decision to free Robinson, Lord Burnett told the court: "The appellant is granted bail and the matter of contempt at Leeds Crown Court is remitted to be heard again."

Robinson supporters wearing 'Free Tommy' t-shirts cheered outside the Court of Appeal today, after months of campaigning for his release.

Judges were urged to overturn the original findings against the free speech activist, whose real name is Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon.

There were also mass protests against his sentence, with scenes turning ugly on the streets of London as campaigners called for Robinson to be freed.

At a hearing in July, his QC Jeremy Dein argued that procedural "deficiencies" had given rise to "prejudice".

Mr Dein also submitted that "insufficient" regard had been given to Robinson's personal mitigation - factors which could reduce sentence, like an early guilty plea - and as a result his sentence was "manifestly excessive".

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