(AFP) – Jul 21, 2008
LONDON (AFP) — The husband of troubled British singer Amy Winehouse was jailed for 27 months Monday for attacking a pub landlord and perverting the course of justice.
Grammy award-winning Winehouse, who was herself interviewed during the investigation, was not in court to hear the sentence against Blake Fielder-Civil, 26, at Snaresbrook Crown Court in London.
Fielder-Civil admitted attacking the 36-year-old landlord of a pub in the trendy district of Hoxton in east London in June 2006, and of then trying to persuade the man not to give evidence against him.
He was high on alcohol and cocaine when he and a friend, Michael Brown, attacked 36-year-old James King outside the Macbeth Pub, said Judge David Radford.
"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," the judge said.
"It will be of little comfort to Mr King that you did so because of your inebriation."
The victim of the attack suffered a broken cheekbone and still has counselling more than two years later.
Fielder-Civil has already served some nine months on remand, so in theory he could be released in another four and a half months, based on an assumption of good behaviour.
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