However, a few hours later, he was jailed for contempt of court, in that he had failed to abide by his bail conditions, not for a breach of the peace. Apparently, by reporting, via a live Facebook feed, on an ongoing trial, he could have prejudiced the outcome of that trial, as lawyers for the defendants could have argued that their clients right to a fair trial had been compromised. As a result, guilty men could have been freed. Tommy had been warned thus at a previous trial by Judge Heather Norton (he was given an 18-month suspended sentence):
"In short, Mr. Yaxley-Lennon, turn up at another court, refer to people as ‘Muslim paedophiles, Muslim rapists’ and so on and so forth while trials are ongoing and before there has been a finding by a jury that that is what they are, and you will find yourself inside."
So, I guess those who don't like Tommy doing what he does have a case. Tommy arguably broke his bail conditions. Thing is, why wasn't he quietly warned off, told to go about his business and steer clear? Well, I guess we all know the answer to that one. THEY 'don't like Tommy doing what he does.' So when that gilt-edged opportunity arises to stop him doing it...
Anyway, within hours, he had been brought before a court and sentenced to 13 months in jail. Do you get that? Arrested, tried and sent to jail for a substantial period of time, all within a few hours! Bit harsh, don't you think? And VERY unusual. But then we're talking Tommy Robinson here, not Abdul Mohammed or Sir Joseph Average.
Here's something I don't get. Tommy gets done for reporting on the trial of certain individuals. Because such reporting might have 'prejudiced the outcome' of that trial.' This being the case, why is the mainstream media, who routinely report these matters, (though not nearly enough) NEVER held to account as Tommy was? The BBC had, in fact, already published the names AND addresses of the defendants who, at that point, had not been found guilty, in April 2017!
Isn't the fact that Tommy Robinson now languishes in a British jail a scandal? Perhaps I have it wrong. Perhaps he was sentenced and imprisoned for something other than breaching his bail conditions. If so, it would be nice if the authorities could clarify the matter.
Personally, I think his latest videos may have irritated the powers-that-be to a considerable degree. They are hard-hitting and, I think, very effective. It makes me wonder whether THEY were looking to GET TOMMY as a result. Maybe the police presence outside Leeds Crown Court was coincidental. Maybe his arrest was just another case of justice being served in a PC age. Maybe the system had every right.
And maybe, just maybe, if he wasn't set up, a vengeful state was, at least, waiting... and hoping.
Check out Tommy Robinson's latest videos.
The reaction to Tommy's imprisonment was immediate.
With very little advance notice, a large crowd of protesters gathered outside Downing Street to voice their outrage and concern.
The mainstream media has not reported on Tommy Robinson's imprisonment or the protest that followed.
They have an excuse, I suppose. A gagging order was issued, preventing coverage of much of this affair. And a cynical and censorious fourth estate would, undoubtedly, cite that order as the reason for their silence.
So why the gag?
1) So an ongoing trial would not be prejudiced?
2) To prevent people finding out that an English man had been jailed for publicising factual information the establishment wanted kept under wraps?
3) Some other made up b***ocks?
When those whose behaviours you condemn rule the roost, you may need some luck to survive.
Tommy, of course, has enemies at both ends of the spectrum. In prison and out.
Will the one protect him from other?
All the best, Tommy.
On Tuesday 29 May, this was emailed to me by the Canadian website, THEREBEL.media:
"On Friday, Tommy was reporting from outside the court house in Leeds, where an accused Muslim rape gang was on trial for repeatedly raping British girls as young as eleven years old. Tommy was broadcasting on Facebook, from his cell phone.
Tommy was very careful:
He did not set foot on the court precinct.
He did not call the men “rapists”, but rather called them “accused rapists”.
In no way did he interfere with the trial, which was on its final day.
When Tommy mentioned the names of the accused rapists, he was reading from a BBC website — so the names were clearly public information, on the state broadcaster.
Tommy did nothing wrong.
But suddenly, seven police officers swarmed Tommy... They said he was causing a disturbance, which is absurd, he was by himself on the street, with only a cameraman and a friend.
But it got worse. Much worse.
Within hours, Tommy was summoned before the judge. (Geoffrey Marson, QC) Tommy’s long-time lawyer was not informed of this. Rather, the court appointed a lawyer who didn’t know Tommy and wasn’t an expert in the specialized law of contempt of court. In a matter of minutes, Tommy was sent to prison — with a 13-month sentence.
He is now in HM Prison Hull."British justice, eh?
Or should I say, 'British injustice.'
Yes, I think I should.
P.S. Reporting restrictions have now been lifted on this case.