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Goody's widower jailed for attack

Jack Tweed
Tweed also has a conviction for attacking a boy with a golf club

Jade Goody's widower Jack Tweed has been jailed for 12 weeks for assaulting a taxi driver.

Tweed, whose reality TV star wife recently died from cancer, was found guilty last month of attacking Stephen Wilkins in Epping, Essex, in May 2008.

The 21-year-old, of Buckhurst Hill, Essex, had denied the offence.

He appeared at Harlow Magistrates' Court for sentencing. During the hearing his lawyer said Tweed had matured since the incident.

The court heard that Tweed attacked Mr Wilkins following a night out in Epping in May 2008.

'Extremely regretful'

He assaulted the taxi driver while on bail for a separate offence of hitting a 16-year-old boy with a golf club.

Tweed denied that assault, in Ongar, Essex, but was jailed for 18 months in September last year after being found guilty following a trial.

His lawyer, Tania Panagiotopoulou, mitigating, told the magistrates in Harlow that Tweed was "barely 18" at the time of the offence against the boy, which happened in December 2006.

We have borne in mind the recent change in your personal circumstances and have reflected this in the length of the sentence

Magistrate Margaret Webb

She accepted this was an "aggravating" feature and had to be considered in sentencing him for his latest crime.

Tweed's trial heard he became aggressive after being asked to pay the taxi fare in advance and grabbed Mr Wilkins in a headlock and threatened to stab him.

Tweed told police he had been drinking all day before going to a club where he drank 10 vodka and Red Bull drinks plus a "couple of shots".

He said he had no memory of the taxi journey but doubted that he would have behaved in the way Mr Wilkins described.

Considering appeal

Ms Panagiotopoulou had appealed for magistrates not to impose an immediate jail term. She said Tweed was "extremely regretful".

She added: "To say that he is a changed man since May 2008 is perhaps an understatement.

"He has endured, with dignity and maturity, very difficult personal circumstances that have been well-documented."

Margaret Webb, chairman of the magistrates, told Tweed the bench had considered his "change in personal circumstances" in passing the sentence.

Jade Goody and Jack Tweed
Jade Goody, 27, died two months after marrying Tweed

She said: "We have borne in mind the recent change in your personal circumstances and have reflected this in the length of the sentence, which would otherwise have been 18 weeks."

Tweed was ordered to pay prosecution costs of £455 and £200 to Mr Wilkins.

Tweed married mother-of-two Ms Goody in February in a ceremony in Hatfield Heath, Essex.

The former Big Brother contestant, 27, died following a well-publicised battle with cancer.

She was buried on 4 April.

Speaking outside court, Tweed's solicitor, George Kampanella, said his family was "devastated" and were "considering the prospects of an appeal".



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