Tommy Robinson Once Featured In '24 Hours In Police Custody' After Prison Brawl
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He was recently sentenced to 13 months in prison for contempt of court charges but it seems there's just no getting away from Tommy Robinson because now a recorded interview of the co-founder of the English Defence League has emerged.
Back in 2016, filming for 24 Hours in Police Custody meant that Robinson was caught giving an account to police after he was brought into Luton police station accused of racially assaulting someone while serving a prison sentence several months earlier.
In the interview, Robinson claims that he was protecting himself because he believed his life was in danger after he claims someone tipped him off that there was a big reward for whoever threw boiling water on him.
The reward was allegedly £500 ($664), a mobile phone and half an ounce of Spice. He elaborated that the quantity of Spice on offer was worth 'thousands' in the prison system.
As the ex-leader of a far-right organisation which opposes Islam in the UK, Robinson claims he's not exactly a popular person with the Muslim inmates.
International Business Times reported that he was eventually charged with a lesser offence of assault, rather than racially aggravated assault.
In the Channel 4 footage, Robinson argued that there was no racial motivation in punching the prisoner, simply a reaction to feeling his life was endangered.
CCTV of the incident shows Robinson calmly walking past a prison guard and towards a fellow inmate before punching him and casually walking back.
He tells the staff interviewing him: "My mind is going one hundred miles an hour, I think I'm getting boiling water in my face here. They put boiling water and sugar, it'll take your whole face off.
"I walk across to where he is to see whether he's got anything and as he turns around I hit him and that's the truth. That there got me moved in segregation and I'm still here today.
"I've got three kids at home and I have to do what I have to do."
Most recently, Robinson was arrested of Leeds Crown Court. The arrest was filmed and shared on Robinsons' Facebook page. In the clip he can be heard asking one of his supporters: "Can you get me a solicitor?"
At court he admitted committing contempt of court by publishing information that could prejudice a trial.
Robinson, real name Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon, was already under a suspended sentence over a contempt of court during a gang rape trial in Canterbury last year.
While the episode gave a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse at how the criminal justice system works in the UK, it also offers an inside look into rampant prison violence.
According to figures provided by the Ministry of Justice, Peterborough Prison saw over 1,000 prisoner-on-prisoner assaults between 2010 and 2014. There have been a further 371 assaults on prison staff over the same period.
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