Tommy Robinson turned up on the home of an Impartial journalist late at night time after discovering her tackle, leaving her “too frightened” to reply the door, a courtroom has heard.
Days later the English Defence League (EDL) founder, actual title Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, threatened to accuse her companion of being a paedophile in a bid to stop the publication of a information story.
Robinson/Lennon appeared in particular person at Westminster Magistrates’ Court docket on Friday the place an software for a stalking safety order was to be thought of.
It got here after he went to the house of The Impartial’s house affairs and safety correspondent Lizzie Dearden and her boyfriend Samuel Partridge shortly earlier than 10pm on 17 January this yr.
The courtroom heard how Mr Robinson had turned up in an try and get the journalist to drop an investigation into claims he misappropriated donations from his supporters after she contacted him by his web site and emailed solicitors in search of remark for the story two days earlier.
Ryan Dowding, performing on behalf of the commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, stated there was shouting about Mr Partridge being a paedophile and Mr Robinson was heard to say, “Lizzie, I will likely be again daily if I’ve to” outdoors the constructing.
He stated Mr Robinson had one other particular person with him in the course of the incident, noticed by two neighbours and a safety guard, who was in a Vary Rover sounding the horn loudly.
It’s nonetheless not identified how he gained information of the couple’s tackle.
A courtroom beforehand heard how Mr Robinson, talking over the constructing’s intercom and shouting outdoors, requested Ms Dearden and her companion to “come down and discuss”. He tried to get into the constructing however was turned away by safety.
Requested on Friday why she didn’t want to come down whereas Mr Robinson was outdoors, Ms Dearden, giving proof remotely, stated: “As a result of I didn’t know what he was going to do and from what I might hear on the intercom and the road he sounded very offended and agitated. I used to be frightened.”
Ms Dearden stated she known as 999 when Mr Robinson turned up and will hear him referring to her and her companion by title.
Alex di Francesco, representing Mr Robinson, put it to Mr Partridge, who additionally gave proof remotely, that he had “overstated” how loud and agitated Mr Robinson had been – and that he had been comparatively “well mannered” over the intercom.
Mr Partridge disagreed, including: “He was well mannered to start with however that modified in a short time.”
Mr Dowding stated Mr Robinson, who was arrested over the incident that very same night time, later posted two photographs of Mr Partridge on social media.
Unable to “resist yet one more try and intimidate Ms Dearden”, he despatched the reporter an e-mail on 19 January, by which he modified the topic line to “TR” adopted by the title of the realm by which she lived, Mr Dowding instructed the courtroom.
The courtroom beforehand heard how Mr Robinson falsely claimed within the e-mail to have a supply who claimed Mr Partridge groomed a toddler.
However Mr Di Francesco stated the three-page-long e-mail sought to handle the allegations made towards him.
Deputy Chief Justice of the Peace Tan Ikram, who imposed an interim stalking prevention order in March forward of the total software on Friday, adjourned the case till 26 August.