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Winehouse's husband loses appeal

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Winehouse's husband loses appeal

The husband of singer Amy Winehouse has lost an appeal against his prison sentence for assaulting a pub landlord.

Blake Fielder-Civil, of Camden, north London, was sentenced to 27 months for assaulting James King at the Macbeths pub in Hoxton, east London in 2006.

He also admitted perverting the course of justice by trying to bribe Mr King to withdraw his complaint. Fielder-Civil, 26, was freed on 5 November.

He said he was "not really surprised" at the decision of the Court of Appeal.

His appeal for a reduction in his jail sentence was heard by two judges at the Court of Appeal in London.

Unwanted attention

Fielder-Civil had lodged his appeal against his sentence while in prison but was freed from Edmunds Hill Prison in Suffolk three weeks ago and checked into a rehabilitation centre, believed to be a condition for his early release.

Giving the ruling of the court, Mr Justice Pitchford said that one of the factors of mitigation put forward was "the unwanted attention the appellant had received while in custody on remand as a consequence of his marriage to the singer Amy Winehouse.

"He sought, and was granted, segregation from the general population of the prison."

But the appeal court ruled that Fielder-Civil had no "justified complaint" about his sentence.

Cover-up

Fielder-Civil said: "I am disappointed but not really surprised".

In July, he was jailed for 27 months after admitting both charges against him at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

The nine months he spent in jail on remand was deducted from his sentence and he had been due to be released in December.

Mr King was left with a broken cheekbone and needed metal plates fitted to his face following the attack, Snaresbrook Crown Court was told.

The pub landlord was cleared of perverting the course of justice.

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