Tommy Robinson has been banned from stalking for five years after he was “shouting and agitated” at a journalist’s home late at night to prevent publication of an article.
The founder of the English Defense League “crossed the line between mere harassment and acts of stalking” by repeatedly threatening to return. Granthshala Journalist Lizzie Dearden’s address, Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard.
Deputy Chief Magistrate Tan Ikram said he did not find Robinson, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, a “credible witness” and that he “continues to take risks to the physical and psychological well-being of the complainant”.
Robinson, dressed in a dark corduroy jacket, T-shirt and jeans, was in court on Wednesday but left the room during the hearing and did not return.
The court heard what kind of house he had come to Granthshalato the U.S. Home Affairs and Security correspondent around 10 p.m. on January 17 – two days after he emailed his lawyers seeking comment on an article that claimed he had misappropriated donations from his supporters. He had obtained personal details about her after hiring a private investigator.
At a previous hearing, Robinson was heard speaking on the building’s intercom and shouting outside, asking the journalist and his partner, Samuel Partridge, to “come down and talk.” He tried to enter the building but they refused to let him in and was refused by a security guard.
Mr Ikram told the court that Mrs Dearden had received abuse on various social media platforms as of January 2018 after it was posted by the defendant, who also made “baseless allegations” about her partner.
He said the journalist “simply reported the words of a judge/court proceeding” and was sure “the defendant is aware of the power of his words”.
The judge rejected Robinson’s explanation that he had gone to Ms Dearden’s home to respond to a recorded article on the film, saying: “Her intimidating behavior late at night and her yelling, yelling outside the address And swearing, undermines that suggestion.”
He said: “I could not find the defendant a credible witness. He says he was sober. The independent witnesses who were not challenged as to his evidence all say otherwise.”
Mr Ikram imposed a five-year pursuing protection order that bars Robinson from contacting Mrs. Dearden and Mr. Partridge, directly or indirectly, or from any place where they live or work. However, the respondent would be permitted to make “lawful comments” on any future articles.
In pronouncing his decision, the deputy chief magistrate said: “I take note of the narrow wording of the order, which does not preclude Mr Lennon from making valid remarks in response to the articles.
“I also take into account the level of risk – not only do I have to tell him, but, as I say in my judgment, he knows the power of his words in relation to his followers.
“Therefore I am satisfied that it is both necessary and proportionate to make it for such a long period of time.”
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