Journalist Tommy Robinson has finally been freed on bail today after being locked up for a 13 month prison sentence for reporting on a Facebook live stream on the child sex grooming gang trial outside Leeds Crown Court back in May of 2018.
After numerous under reported protests from British nationals outside 10 Downing Street since his arrest, things have finally turned around for Tommy Robinson. The courts had been criticised for “rushing” his case and slapping him with a harsh 13 month sentence for contempt of court, taking place a mere 5 hours after being initially arrested outside Leeds Crown Court. However, the good news is that through appeals and bails, Tommy Robinson walked free today.
Tommy Robinson’s legal team are very pleased today after this great success, and are relieved that Tommy’s rushed and “excessive” prison sentence has been overturned, for now, at least.
Today the Court of Appeals have freed Tommy Robinson on bail, but say that his case for contempt should be heard again.
The judge who jailed him was criticised for sending Robinson to prison in “muddled” hearing a mere 5 hours after he was arrested. Tommy Robinson was freed as judges ruled it was “unfair” that he was given 13 months in jail after a “rushed” court case for live reporting outside Leeds Crown Court in May.
The ex-EDL leader, 35, was in prison for two months and kept mainly in solitary confinement. During this time, many people across the world came down hard on the ruling to send Tommy Robinson to jail. Protests were filmed from New York City to London, with most of the noise taking place outside 10 Downing Street, with yells of “Oh Tommy, Tommy, Tommy Robinson!” and “Free Tommy!”
Those were the protests that weren’t shown on the mainstream news media, but hopefully, these protests helped to shine the light on the inadequacy of his prison sentence, as well as the manner in which it was conducted, which garnered the United Kingdom unduly bad press as a result.
His broadcast to 250,000 people on Facebook Live was classed as “contempt of court”, but did it warrant such a swift and totalitarian arrest for pure journalism? Today’s ruling to free Tommy Robinson on bail suggests it wasn’t fair or correct to sentence Tommy in those circumstances to a prison sentence.
Tommy Robinson, real name Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon, will be freed today from Onley Prison near Rugby on bail, but he will face a fresh contempt of court hearing at the Old Bailey in London “as soon as possible.”
His case and imprisonment sparked worldwide backlash, with American’s stating that it infringed upon Tommy’s freedom of speech, and today, the Court of Appeals decided with three senior judges, whom said that Mr. Justice Marson, who sent Tommy to prison, gave “no clarity” about which parts of Tommy Robinson’s Facebook Live video were classed as being in contempt of court.
The judge in the case ignored that Tommy’s film was deleted soon after going live, and also denied Robinson a chance to defend himself properly by not adjourning the case to another day.
Upon the news of his successful appeal today, Tommy Robinson supporters sung “Tommy’s coming home” in the spirit of the tune of the English national football team in the World Cup in Russia.
Lord Burnett earlier announced in the appeal, ‘The appellant will be granted bail pending the rehearing. That bail will be conditional.”
“We order that he is not to approach within 400 metres of Leeds Crown Court. The rehearing will be conducted by the Recorder of London at the Central Criminal Court as soon as reasonably possible.”
So there you have it! Tommy Robinson is free on bail, and today’s news day just seems to be getting better and better. We’re convinced that in the next couple of days, there should be even more exciting news from both sides of the pond.
Story by The Narrator
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