Page last updated at 20:35 GMT, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 21:35 UK

Player's brother given jail term

The brother of a Premier League footballer has been sentenced to six years in prison for drugs offences.

Carlos Knight, whose brother Zat plays for Aston Villa, was found guilty in March of six counts of supplying drugs and possession with intent to supply.

The 26-year-old was arrested with Zat during a drugs raid in Birmingham's Erdington area last August.

Zat Knight, 27, was freed on police bail following his arrest and was not charged with any offence.

Birmingham Crown Court heard on Wednesday how Carlos Knight had obtained a "large amount" of drugs and that it was "as a direct result of (his brother's) good grace and largesse" that he had access to funds.

'Let them down'

Anthony Berryman, defending, told the judge that the defendant, of Poppy Lane, Erdington, "comes from a very close and supportive family and your honour will recall how successful some of his family members are.

"He feels he has let them down"

The judge, Mr Recorder Tom Linden QC, said when the defendant's address was raided, police found quantities of heroin, crack cocaine and drug-dealing paraphernalia.

Sentencing Knight, he told him his offences were "extremely serious" and that he had been "dealing commercially, albeit at a low level".

Knight was sentenced to six years for each of his offences, to be served concurrently.




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