Tommy Robinson has been released from jail after serving nine weeks of a nine-month sentence for contempt of court following a ruling which found him to have seriously interfered “with the administration of justice”.
The far-right activist is said to have held in isolation for his own protection at Belmarsh prison in south London, and appeared to have been photographed outside the maximum security jail on Friday with a beard.
Reports this week revealed he would be released, with the prominent supporter and far-right commentator Katie Hopkins declaring: “What I really get from him is the sense that the fight goes on and he is clearly very motivated to get back out to tell other people’s stories on the streets of the UK.”
Robinson, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was imprisoned in July after “aggressively confronting and filming” defendants accused of the sexual exploitation of young girls and livestreamed on social media the footage outside Leeds crown court while the jury was considering its verdict in breach of a reporting ban in 2018.
At the time, the former leader of the English Defence League was said to be working as a journalist for the controversial Canadian online channel Rebel Media. However, he was accused of attempting to stir division and racial hatred.
The video was viewed online 250,000 times after being livestreamed on Facebook.
Robinson, 36, from Luton in Bedfordshire, had denied any wrongdoing, insisting he had only referred to information that was already in the public domain.
During his previous time in prison for the same offence the sentence was reduced to 19 weeks, and Robinson was told he would be released after serving half of it.