LONDON: Anti-Islam activist Tommy Robinson has informed the UK Excessive Court docket how he frittered £100,000 ($124,353) on a playing binge after receiving a £600,000 libel invoice for dropping a case introduced by an adolescent over a bullying video.
The English Defence League founder, whose actual identify is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was efficiently sued by Syrian refugee Jamal Hijazi final yr after a video of the then 15-year-old pupil being assaulted at his faculty within the north of England went viral.
Robinson declared chapter 4 months on from being ordered to pay Hijazi £100,000 in compensation and authorized prices, which jumped from £43,293 in 2020 to an estimated £500,000 after Robinson didn’t pay and Hijazi’s attorneys efficiently utilized for an order requiring him to return to courtroom and reply questions on his funds.
Nonetheless, claiming he lacks the funds to satisfy the fee, Robinson yesterday informed the courtroom how he bought a property earlier than utilizing the proceeds for playing, whereas additionally claiming that he owed the same quantity to HM Income and Customs.
Requested a couple of declare in his 2009 e-book “Enemy of the State” during which he stated he owned seven homes, however that six had been in his spouse’s identify, Robinson stated this was unfaithful, telling the courtroom: “I like to offer off that I’m a profitable man when I’m not”.
Hijazi’s declare targeted on feedback Robinson made in relation to the bullying video, posting in two subsequent Fb movies that Hijazi was “not harmless” and including that he “violently attacked younger English women in his faculty.”
Robinson will once more come earlier than the courtroom in August to find out if he dedicated contempt of courtroom by lacking a listening to in March, which he put right down to psychological well being points he was contending with after being harassed.