Amy Winehouse's husband jailed for 27 months

Monday 21 July 2008 14:58 BST

Singer Amy Winehouse's husband was today jailed for trial-fixing and beating up a former pub landlord.

Blake Fielder-Civil, 26, was sentenced to 27 months at Snaresbrook Crown Court, east London, after admitting grievous bodily harm and perverting the course of justice in a £200,000 trial-fixing plot aimed at trying to save him from jail.

Fielder-Civil and friend Michael Brown beat James King, 36, so badly in June 2006 that he needed plates fitted into his face for a broken cheekbone and still has counselling.

Judge David Radford told Fielder-Civil he had behaved in a "gratuitous, cowardly and disgraceful" way.

Fielder-Civil has already served around nine months on remand so he could be free in four-and-a-half months if he behaves himself in prison.

Miss Winehouse was not in court today.

Fielder-Civil, who had looked calm and relaxed throughout the hearing, showed little emotion as the sentence was passed.

But as he was taken down to the cells by court staff at the end of the hearing he looked up and smiled at friends and family in the front row of the crammed public gallery and mouthed "see you soon".

The judge said Fielder-Civil was high on alcohol and cocaine when he and Michael Brown attacked James King outside the Macbeth Pub in Hoxton, east London.

He said Fielder-Civil joined in the attack "out of a mistaken sense of loyalty to your friend".

"The fact remains that in joining in that attack by kicking out at Mr King after he had already been both punched and kicked by Mr Brown you behaved in a gratuitous, cowardly and disgraceful way.

"It will be of little comfort to Mr King that you did so because of your inebriation."

The judge said the attack on Mr King was "vicious and one-sided".

He rejected submission from Fielder-Civil that he be sent for treatment at a private drug rehabilitation centre.

Judge Radford said Fielder-Civil could take advantage of these facilities on his release.

Michael Brown, 40, of Carshalton, south London, was sentenced to a total of 33 months.

Anthony Kelly, 25, of Chalk Farm, north London, was given a custodial sentence totalling 20 months.

And James Kennedy, 20, of Hatfield, Hertfordshire, was given a 40-week sentence at a young offenders institute, suspended for 12 months.

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