Jack Tweed jailed
- Bang Showbiz
- 14 April 2009
Jade Goody's grieving husband Jack Tweed has been given a custodial sentence for his attack on a taxi driver in May last year
Jack Tweed has been jailed for 12 weeks for assaulting a taxi driver.
Jade Goody's grieving widower was sentenced this morning (14.04.09) at Harlow Magistrates court in Essex, where he was told he will serve half his sentence in jail before being released on licence.
Passing the sentence - the second assault charge Jack has been found guilty of in six months - Chairwoman of the magistrates, Margaret Webb, 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."
Jack's sentencing for the assault on driver Stephen Wilkins after a night out in Epping, Essex, in May 2008 had already been moved so he could attend the funeral of his wife, who died of cancer in March, and was buried on April 4.
Jack, 21, had earlier been found guilty at Epping Magistrates court on March 3, shortly before his wife's passing. He was also ordered to pay prosecution costs of £455 and £200 to his victim.
Jack's lawyer, Tania Panagiotopoulou, told the court today: "Mr Tweed is 21. He was 20 at the time of this offence that took place 11 months ago. There has been no re-offending since that date
"He has had to mature, and mature very quickly, in the last few months.
"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."
Jack was also jailed in September 2008 for an assault on a 16-year-old with a golf club. He was released in January subject to a curfew, which stated he had to be at his mother's house in Essex between 7pm and 7am every day.