The founder of the English Defense League abuses outside the home of The Independent Home Affairs correspondent Lizzie Dearden.
English Defense League founder Tommy Robinson has been ordered to save him from a five-year chase after abusing a journalist outside his home and repeatedly threatening to return his address.
Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, walked into the property of The Independent Home Affairs correspondent Lizzie Dearden and her boyfriend, Samuel Partridge, in January of this year.
Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard that he was standing outside Dearden’s home and made baseless allegations about Partridge.
Deputy Chief Magistrate Tan Ikram said Robinson’s behavior “crossed the line between mere harassment and stalking” at a hearing on Wednesday.
The court had previously heard how Robinson sought comment through his attorney to obtain information about Dearden, a private investigator, after a story alleged that he misappropriated funds donated by his supporters. did.
Ikram said that upon learning of Dearden’s address, Robinson came around 10 p.m., called her to come to the door and claimed that Partridge was a pedophile.
The magistrate “grossly rejected” that Robinson had attended the address to “exercise his right to respond” to the article, adding that he was there to intimidate her and “a piece of evidence”. piece” that Partridge’s claims were true.
“The complainant refused to come out or engage with the respondent,” he said.
“The respondent responded by saying that he would return to his address ‘every night’.
“In my judgment, it crosses the line only in this case between acts of harassment and stalking in which he repeatedly threatened to return to his home address.
“The respondent was arrested even before he could execute his threat.
“I found that the defendant’s intention to come to a journalist’s home at 10 p.m. was clear: to intimidate him.”
Ikram also dismissed Robinson’s claim that he was “quiet” throughout the incident, saying it contradicted the neighbors’ accounts of other undisputed witnesses.
He said Robinson had taken “a course of conduct” to intimidate Dearden while conducting a “legitimate investigation”.
“As he did, his actions sought to compel and control the complainant in his desire to prevent him from going about his lawful business,” he said.
He added: “Ms Dearden has said she feels extremely shaken, distressed and insecure and afraid to go out,” he said.
“The defendant clearly creates and continues to threaten the physical and psychological well-being of the complainant.”
Robinson, who attended court in person and wore a dark corduroy shirt and dark trousers, walked out of the courtroom during the hearing and did not return after the order was passed.
Under the terms of the order Robinson is prohibited from contacting Dearden or Partridge, or visiting any place where he lives and works, unless specifically invited to interview.
It is also prohibited from publishing any material, directly or indirectly, or making any reference to Dearden or Partridge, on any website, on social media, or in print.
Robinson will be able to respond to the judgment and future articles written by Dearden with “valid comment,” but without reference to his allegations against Partridge.