Tommy Robinson was sentenced to a five-year stalking ban after showing up at the home of a journalist.
Over an article alleging that he mishandled money provided by his fans, the English Defence League founder went to Lizzie Dearden’s house and screamed insults at her.
Tommy Robinson was sentenced to a five-year stalking ban after showing up at the home of a journalist and shouting insults at her.
In January, the founder of the English Defence League (EDL) went to Lizzie Dearden’s home, which she lives with her boyfriend, Samuel Partridge, over a narrative suggesting that he misappropriated contribution money.
As he stood outside their home, Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, screamed insults at the Independent’s home affairs journalist and wrongly labeled her partner a paedophile.
On Wednesday, the convicted football hooligan appeared in court, but left midway through the session and did not return.
Robinson’s behavior “passed the line between mere harassment and stalking,” according to Deputy Chief Magistrate Tan Ikram, who also dismissed the defendant’s assertion that he was “cool” during the encounter.
The court heard how Robinson engaged a private investigator to dig out information on the journalist after she requested comment on an article suggesting he misappropriated money provided by fans, according to the Daily Mail.
Robinson visited at 10 p.m. after finding her address, yelling for her to come to the door and claiming that her boyfriend was a paedophile.
Robinson’s attendance at the address to “exercise his right to comment” to the article was “wholly rejected” by the magistrate, who said he was there to intimidate her.
“By acting as he did, he intended to force and control the complainant in order to prevent her from going about her authorized activity,” he added.
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When Dearden refused to come out, Robinson retaliated by stating that he would return “every night,” according to the court.
Before he could carry out his threat, Robinson was apprehended.
“Ms Dearden has stated that she felt highly unsettled, distressed, and unsafe, and that she was terrified to go outdoors,” Ikram continued.
“The defendant plainly poses and continues to pose a bodily and psychological harm to the complainant.”
Robinson is barred from contacting the journalist or her partner, or visiting any of their homes or workplaces, unless specifically invited for an interview, according to the terms of the order.
He is also forbidden from publishing or mentioning anything about the pair. The news is summarized by Brinkwire.