YouTuber accused of threatening to cut off Tommy Robinson’s head and who ‘ranted about Prince William’ faces trial in December after appearing in court
- Muhammad Abdul Basir, 24, allegedly discussed cutting Robinson’s ‘neck off’
- He appeared in court on charges including causing serious alarm or distress
- Defence for Basir, from Mitcham, London, has ‘concerns around fitness to plea’
A YouTuber accused of threatening to cut off Tommy Robinson’s head and who ‘ranted about Prince William,’ will face trial in December after appearing in court today.
Muhammad Abdul Basir, 24, is accused of talking about attacking the former English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon.
Wearing a grey suit jacket and dark trousers Basir spoke to confirm his name at the Old Bailey.
Basir, who lives with his parents, in Mitcham, South London, allegedly discussed cutting Robinson’s ‘neck off’ in a homemade video titled ‘Tommy Robinson Abdul Basir 5’.
He is said to have posted further videos of a similar nature about 37-year-old Robinson last September, it was said.
Mr Justice Edis set a trial date of December 14 and the next hearing will be on September 28.
Timothy Sligh-Johnson, defending said: ‘I have concerns around fitness to plea and therefore I would ask arraignment be delayed for a report to be prepared by those instructing me.’
The court was told Basir could face a trial of issue on December 14 if the report find him unable to enter a plea.
Basir, of Phipps Bridge Road, Mitcham, is charged with stalking Robinson between September 13 and 19, last year, causing serious alarm or distress by posting YouTube videos on September 13 and 16 last year.
He is also charged with racially aggravated stalking of Robinson between the same dates by causing fear that violence would be used against him.
Basir has been bailed with conditions to reside at his home address, does not contact Robinson and does not post material about the former EDL leader.
, 2020-08-13 12:37:17