Tommy Robinson has lost a libel scenario introduced in opposition to him by a Syrian teen who was filmed staying attacked at school.
The founder of the English Defence League – whose true identify is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon – was sued by Jamal Hijazi, who was assaulted in the playground at Almondbury local community school in Huddersfield in October 2018.
Soon immediately after the movie of the incident went viral, Robinson claimed in two Facebook videos that Jamal was “not innocent and he violently attacks young English girls in his school”.
In the clips viewed by just about 1 million men and women, Robinson, 38, also claimed Jamal “beat a female black and blue” and “threatened to stab” another boy at his school, allegations the teen denies.
At a 4-day trial in April, Jamal’s lawyers explained Robinson’s remarks had “a devastating effect” on the schoolboy and his family who had occur to the United kingdom as refugees from Homs, Syria.
Robinson, who represented himself, argued his remarks were being considerably legitimate, boasting to have “uncovered dozens of accounts of aggressive, abusive and deceitful behaviour” by Jamal.
However, in a judgment sent on Thursday, Mr Justice Nicklin dominated in Jamal’s favour and granted him £100,000 in damages.
Catrin Evans QC, for Jamal, formerly explained that Robinson’s remarks led to the teen “facing loss of life threats and extremist agitation” and that he need to get damages of between £150,000 and £190,000.
Throughout the trial, Evans explained Robinson as “a effectively-recognised excessive-right advocate” with an “anti-Muslim agenda” who utilised social media to unfold his sights.
She extra that Robinson’s videos “turned Jamal into the aggressor and the bully into a righteous white knight”.
However, Robinson maintained he was an unbiased journalist during the trial, telling the court docket: “The media merely had zero fascination in the other side of this tale, the unpleasant real truth.”
A hearing will abide by Thursday’s judgment to contemplate the penalties of the ruling.