Activist & journalist Tommy Robinson was reporting outside Leeds Crown Court on a trial of men accused of running a grooming gang. In a video posted online, Tommy was then surrounded by Police, arrested and put in the back of a van. It was said he was being arrested for ‘Breach of the Peace’. What has since transpired has caused incredible shock and anger across social media and the world.
Tommy has been sentenced to 13 months in Prison for an apparent breach of a previous court order by the judge Geoffrey Marson QC.
Judge Geoffrey Marson QC said: “No one could possibly conclude that it would be anything other than highly prejudicial to the defendants in the trial.
I respect everyone’s right to free speech. That’s one of the most important rights that we have. With those rights come responsibilities. The responsibility to exercise that freedom of speech within the law.
I am not sure you appreciate the potential consequence of what you have done. People have to understand that if they breach court orders there will be very real consequences.”
The BBC Reported: During Friday’s hearing, Matthew Harding, defending, claimed that his client had ‘deep regret’ for what he had done.
“He was mindful, having spoken to others and taken advice, not to say things that he thought would actually prejudice these proceedings,” Mr Harding said.
“He did not try to cause difficulties for the court process.”
Judge Geoffrey Marson QC said in conclusion: “Not only was it a very long video, but I regard it as a serious aggravating feature that he was encouraging others to share it and it had been shared widely. That is the nature of the contempt.”
A petition that was set up to challenge the verdict on Tommy Robinson’s case and asks for the release of the political activist and journalist has seen an unbelievable response. The ‘Free Tommy Robinson’ petition has now hit over half a million signatures and more are coming in every second!
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