‘I’m not a victim, I’m a target’: Ex-EDL leader Tommy Robinson breaks silence to say he suffered ‘mental torture’ in prison after 13-month jail term is quashed – as he reveals he will join family for Tenerife holiday

Thursday, August 2, 2018
By Paul Martin

Former EDL leader Tommy Robinson has successfully appealed against his 13-month jail term for contempt
Ruling allows MailOnline to report he was arrested during protest outside grooming trial involving Asian men
He was locked up in May after he filmed people involved in a criminal trial and broadcast it live on Facebook
Now he has complained of ‘mental torture’ while at HMP Onley in Northamptonshire, adding: ‘I’m their target’

2 August 2018

Tommy Robinson is heading off to Tenerife for a fortnight with his family after being freed from jail and told his supporters: ‘I’m not their victim, I’m their target’.

Robinson left jail yesterday after winning an appeal over his 13-month contempt sentence for filming a Facebook Live video outside a trial of an alleged Asian sex gang.

He refused to speak as he walked out of HMP Onley in Northamptonshire yesterday but later posted a video on YouTube of his return home and being reunited with his three children.

He said: ‘A year ago I booked a holiday with my family for two weeks in Tenerife. We go on holiday on Friday in 24 hours. I didn’t expect to come home today’.

Yesterday judges freed him after ruling it was ‘unfair’ to give him 13 months in prison during a ‘muddled’ and ‘rushed’ court case held just five hours after his arrest.

He had confronted suspects being prosecuted in trials involving dozens of Asian men accused of grooming children as young as 11.

Robinson broadcast these exchanges to 250,000 people watching him on Facebook Live and even captured the moment police arrested him.

The 35-year-old far-right activist – who became a public figure after co-founding the English Defence League – said last night: ‘What they tried to do was to mentally destroy me. That wasn’t a prison sentence, that was mental torture If I was bitter and angry I would accept my own victimhood. I’m not their victim, I’m their target.’

Robinson also thanked his supporters around the world, including UKIP leader Gerard Batten.

He had been behind bars for two months after confronting defendants outside Leeds Crown Court on May 25.

He was hugged by friends waiting for him at Onley Prison near Rugby yesterday afternoon and said:’I want to thank the British public for all their support’ before being swept away by car.

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