Tommy Robinson Handed Five-Year Stalking Order After Harassing Journalist
Jonathan Brady via PA Wire/PA ImagesTommy Robinson arrives at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London for a hearing regarding the stalking of a journalist.
English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson has been given a five-year stalking protection order after he shouted abuse outside the home of a journalist and threatened to repeatedly return to her address.
Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, went to the property of The Independent home affairs correspondent Lizzie Dearden and her boyfriend, Samuel Partridge, in January of this year.
Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard he stood outside Dearden’s house and shouted unsubstantiated allegations about Partridge.
Deputy chief magistrate Tan Ikram said that Robinson’s behaviour “crossed the line between mere harassment and stalking” at a hearing on Wednesday.
The court previously heard how Robinson had hired a private investigator to find information out about Dearden following a request for comment she made, through his solicitors, on a story alleging that he misused money donated by his supporters.
Ikram said that after learning Dearden’s address, Robinson had arrived around 10pm, calling for her to come to the door and shouting claims that Partridge was a paedophile.
The magistrate “wholly rejected” that Robinson had attended the address to “exercise his right to reply” to the article, saying that he had been there to intimidate her and adding there was “not a shred of evidence” that the claims about Partridge were true.
“The complainant refused to come out or engage with the defendant,” he said.
“The defendant reacted by saying that he would come back to her address ‘every night’.
“In my judgment, that crosses the line in this case between mere harassment and acts associated with stalking in that he threatened to repeatedly return to her home address.
“The defendant was arrested before he could carry out his threat.
“I find that the intention of the defendant turning up a journalist’s house at past 10pm was clear: to intimidate her.”