Tommy Robinson’s worst misdeeds from punching ‘migrants’ to targeting teenagerJuly 11, 2019
Far right extremist Tommy Robinson has been jailed for nine months after he broadcast outside a child grooming trial at the Old Bailey.
His supporters reacted with fury after news of his imprisonment filtered out of the court building.
Flares were let off and police were shoved by those backing the EDL founder, who is guilty of contempt of court.
Robinson, 36, who was wearing a 'convicted of journalism' T-shirt – stopped to take selfies with fans ahead of the hearing.
The extremist, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, filmed defendants in a trial and broadcast it on Facebook in May last year.
His conviction and jail term are far from the first time Robinson has found himself making headlines.
Last month a charity worker was sucker-punched by Robinson before England’s defeat to the Netherlands in the Nations League semi-final.
He says that in the seconds before he was hit he told the extremists "you don't represent me".
The shaken fan said: “I was walking away from Tommy when he made a beeline for me and punched me from behind, in the side of the head.
“I’m not the fighting kind and it seemed such cowardly behaviour.”
He doesn't plan to report the matter to police.
The attack on the fan is not the first time Robinson has been involved in hoolganism at a football match.
In 2010 he led 100 Luton fans in their clash with Newport County Supporters.
He was convicted the following year.
EU election disaster
Back in May, Robinson pinned his hopes on being elected as an MEP – but it ended in disaster.
The former English Defence League leader polled just 2.24% of the vote in the north west region.
His 38,908 votes were enough to land him in eighth place of 11.
When the results were read out in Manchester large sections of the audience burst into laughter.
His performance was so poor he will have lost his £50,000 deposit.
Sued by a schoolboy
Horrific footage of Syrian schoolboy Jamal Hijazi being 'waterboarded' by bullies shocked and appalled the nation – but not Tommy Robinson it would seem.
A video that would later go viral appears to show the teenage aggressor choking the 15-year-old, squirting a bottle of water in his face and saying: “Ya little bas****. I’ll drown ya.”
But when it emerged, Robinson made accusations that Jamal had attacked English schoolgirls.
The teenager was determined not to just let the claims lie and has filed a libel claim in the High Court against Robinson, according to The Guardian.
He told the newspaper: "He has broken the law and I hope they [the courts] agree with us.
"When he put those posts up he was giving people the wrong idea about me and I was really worried because people were thinking: 'Jamal is not a good person.'
"After he posted the video we were very scared and we got lots of threats from people because of what he said about me hitting those girls – I had never even spoken to these girls but people in the area started threatening us."
Danyaal Mahmud, 23, doused the EDL founder in a milkshake while he was on the campaign trail to become an MEP.
Footage of the incident went viral but since the incident, Danyaal says he has had death threats and is living in fear for his life after receiving threats and abuse on social media.
Social media ban
Tommy Robinson has now been banned for Facebook, Instagram , Twitter and Snapchat.
He is also subjected to severe restrictions on his YouTube account.
In March, Robinson claimed he was a victim of police harassement when officers from Cheshire asked him to leave a pub.
He took the force to court after he was told to leave a pub following a family trip to see Luton Town play Cambridge United.
The 36-year-old was at the pub with his children in August 2016 when a dispersal order was used.
He told Peterborough County Court he felt he was "targeted by police because of my beliefs", but an officer on duty that day said Mr Yaxley-Lennon was among a group of Luton fans in the pub who were identified by police as "risk" supporters.
The county court agreed with the police and ruled they didn't harass him.
First contempt jail term
In May last year Robinson was jailed for 13 months after he live-streamed a Facebook video from outside Leeds Crown Court that was watched 250,000 times.
The video included comments that could have caused the collapse of a long-running trial, costing hundreds of thousands of pounds.
The media – including anyone using Facebook Live – were banned from reporting details of the trial until it finished.
As well as breaching this order, Robinson also made comments that impacted on the defendants' right to a fair hearing before a jury.
His imprisonment sparked widespread protests, organised by his supporters, and he was freed two months later.
Punching a migrant
In March last year the former EDL leader was filmed punching a 'migrant' in the face – and then uploading the disturbing footage to his own website.
Robinson says he went to Rome to "dig deeper into Italy's spate of "high-profile, migrant attacks".
In the footage, Robinson appears to be walking away from a man who he had previously been arguing with before turning around punching him in the face.
He claimed it was an act of self defence.
It seems even a day at the races can't go without a fight for Robinson.
Video emerged in June, 2017, of him repeatedly punching a man in the face.
The right-wing activist was filmed by dash cam footage from a coach which showed him push the man to the ground in a scuffle.
Robinson – wearing a black suit and shirt – throws around seven punches towards the man’s head before three other men step in to separate the pair.
Back in April 2005, Robinson was convicted of assaulting an off-duty police officer.
The cop had intervened in a bid to protect the EDL founder's girlfriend when he was attacked.
Robinson was jailed for 12 months.
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