Supporters of Tommy Robinson have clashed with police and journalists as the former English Defence Leader (EDL) founder was jailed for contempt of court over a video he broadcast on social media which featured defendants in a criminal trial.
Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was handed a nine-month sentence at the Old Bailey on Thursday.
As the sentencing took place, Robinson’s supporters gathered outside the court and clashed with police.
Three people were arrested outside court and another in Westminster, but that the alleged offences were committed on Friday, July 5, when Yaxley-Lennon was found guilty of contempt of court.
Dame Victoria Sharp told Robinson that the time the 36-year-old had previously spent behind bars for the contempt will be taken into account, reducing his sentence to 19 weeks – of which he will serve half before being released.
Speaking to ITV News after he was sentenced, Yaxley-Lennon, of Luton, Befordshire, said he “had effectively been sentenced to death” and expects to be targeted by what he described as “jihadist gangs” inside prison because of remarks he has made in the past about Islam.
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