Millions of people have unwillingly exposed themselves as ‘complete and utter idiots’ to their friends and families on social media this week.
Facebook users up and down the country have exposed themselves as halfwits by sharing their fury over the miscarriage of justice that took place when modern-day-martyr Tommy Robinson, or convicted criminal Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (to use his real name), was convicted for contempt of court.
Each person supporting the ‘free Tommy’ campaign has unwittingly exposed themselves as ‘total imbecile’, ‘without an ounce of knowledge about our legal system, criminal trials or court reporting restrictions’.
The former EDL (English Defence League) leader, sometime-football hooligan and self-proclaimed free speech activist, and convicted fraudster, this week yet again may have put criminal trials in jeopardy by breaking strict court reporting rules.
Reporting restrictions – there for a reason
Reporting restrictions apply in a wide range of situations. Particularly where there are a series of linked trials – for example, where allegations involving numerous defendants are concerned, requiring several trials. This is to avoid jurors being influenced by what they might read (or hear about on social-media) between trials. Reporting of all of them is often postponed until the end of the trial… when, guess what? The media has free reign to report the facts.
This week, millions of people up and down the country have literally come out and exposed themselves as total and utter knuckle-dragging, ill-informed morons by displaying no knowledge, or zero regard, for legal processes and court reporting rules.
The judge in the case that Tommy Robinson was filming outside had imposed a postponement order preventing the media from reporting on the ongoing trial – yes including sentencing – until all linked trials had concluded. Breaching a reporting restriction amounts to a contempt of court.
Tommy Robinson admitted doing this.
Yaxley-Lennon has admitted contempt of court.
He’d been warned about this before
This isn’t the first time Yaxley-Lennon has endangered the course of justice. In 2017, Yaxley-Lennon tried to expose four Asian defendants as ‘Muslim child rapists’ during a live trial. He was given a suspended sentence (which he then flaunted).
The judge at the time had warned ‘Tommy’ in no uncertain terms: “In short, Mr Yaxley-Lennon, turn up at another court, refer to people as “Muslim paedophiles, Muslim rapists” and so 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. Do you understand?“
Risking collapse of serious criminal trials
Despite risking the collapse of a serious criminal trial (meaning the numerous victims would never see justice and millions of pounds of taxpayers money would have been wasted), Yaxley-Lennon’s tub-thumping supporters have demanded justice… not for the sexual abuse victims, but for ‘Tommy’.
On Friday 25 May 2018 ‘Tommy’ was imprisoned for 13 months for contempt of court after live-streaming footage of participants in a criminal trial outside Leeds Crown Court. He had streamed footage of a number of men – including defendants involved in a live trial – entering the court building, in what he claimed was an attempt at legitimate court reporting.
Unbeknown to morons, idiots and numbskulls up and down the country, there is a quaint little tradition in the UK that trial by media should be avoided.
Unbelievably, trial on evidence heard in court is the fairest way to determine a person’s guilt. Lo and behold, anything that might prejudice or intimidate the jury is strictly forbidden (we know, having a fair trial is political correctness gone mad!).
Free Tommy Robinson
We asked one Facebook user, Dave Cooper, why he supported the ‘Free Tommy’ cause.
He said ‘It’s a fu**ing conspiracy! The court has stopped the media from reporting on the case because they’re Muslims and they want paedophile immigration to carry on. The whole system is rigged.
‘The left-wing media, like the Daily Mail and the Express, hasn’t got the balls to expose these people before they are even found guilty.’
‘Tommy Robinson is the Nelson Mandela of our time.’
When we asked another supporter, Matt Smith, what he thought about ‘Tommy’s’ actions jeopardising a fair trial and preventing justice for the victims;
‘Course they’re guilty. They are Muslim paedophiles. Everyone watching Tommy’s Facebook video already knows they are total paedos now. Thankfully we’ve seen their faces, so we can find them and teach them a lesson for being paedos, even if they are found ‘not guilty’.
‘Tommy is the only true reporter of our time. Free speech ‘innit.’
Sadly, Dave, Matt or the ‘only true reporter of our time’ Yaxley-Lennon, hasn’t realised that you are not allowed to run around a court building shouting ‘paedophile’ at defendants during a live trial, or live-stream defendants, members of the public, and even jurors, entering or exiting a court building – for obvious reasons, and particularly if there are reporting restrictions in place (until the end of the trial).
Fair trial doesn’t involve shouting ‘paedophile’ at defendants
Obviously if there can’t be a fair trial, nobody gets justice. Not the accused, not the complainants, not the public. Serious criminal trials have collapsed because of the actions of people like Yaxley-Lennon.
Imagine if you were allowed to walk up to a juror and say, ‘Oi! The defendant is a dirty Muslim paedophile and he is guilty’. That would be wrong, right?
Well it would amount to the same thing if you trumpet that message to jurors through the media. Self-defined ‘free-speech’ advocates have real difficulty understanding this concept.
So, when Yaxley-Lennon continually expresses his ‘views’ on the guilt or otherwise of the defendants, this creates a substantial risk of serious prejudice to the court proceedings. It’s likely, thanks to the millions of idiots out there, that jurors face a real risk of seeing or becoming aware of his ill-informed ramblings. If the case collapsed, a retrial would cost the taxpayer hundreds of millions of pounds.
So far, over 500,000 people have signed an online petition to free Tommy Robinson (real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon).
Mr Yaxley-Lennon’s solicitor today released this statement (courtesy of @UKDemockery):