Tommy Robinson has been handed a five-year stalking ban after he turned up at a journalist’s home and shouted abuse at her.
The English Defence League (EDL) founder went to Lizzie Dearden’s property in January, which she shares with her boyfriend, Samuel Partridge, over a story alleging that he misused donation money.
Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, shouted abuse at the Independent’s home affairs correspondent and falsely brander her partner a paedophile as he stood outside their home.
The convicted football hooligan attended court in person on Wednesday but walked out halfway through the hearing and did not return.
Deputy chief magistrate, Tan Ikram, said that Robinson’s behaviour “crossed the line between mere harassment and stalking” and rejected the defendant’s claim that he had been “calm” throughout the incident.
The Daily Mail reports that the court heard how Robinson had hired a private investigator to find out information about the journalist following a request for comment she made on a story alleging he misused money donated by supporters.
After learning her address, Robinson arrived around 10pm, calling for her to come to the door and shouting claims that her boyfriend 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.
He said: “In acting as he did, his actions sought to coerce and control the complainant in his desire to stop her going about her lawful business.”
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When Dearden refused to come out, Robinson reacted by saying he would come back “every night”, the court heard.
Robinson was arrested before he could carry out this threat.
Ikram added: “Ms Dearden has said she felt extremely shaken, distressed and unsafe and afraid to go outside.
“The defendant clearly poses and continues to pose a risk to the complainant’s physical and psychological wellbeing.”
Under the conditions of the order, Robinson is prohibited from contacting the journalist or her boyfriend, or attending any places where they live and work, unless specifically invited for an interview.
He is also prohibited from publishing any material concerning or making any reference to the couple.
Robinson will be able to respond to the judgement and future articles written by Dearden with “legitimate comment” but without reference to his allegations against her partner, Partridge.