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Friday 24 October 2014

Tweed can attend Jade's funeral as sentencing is put back

WALTHAM ABBEY, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 22: Jack Tweed leaves Jade Goody's house after the her death on March 22, 2009 in Waltham Abbey, England. Reality TV star Jade Goody died age 27 after suffering from cervical cancer at 3:55am Sunday morning March 22, at her home in Upshire Essex. (Photo by Danny Martindale/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jack Tweed
Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty and Jade Goody
Jade Goody

Jack Tweed will be able to go Jade Goody’s funeral now his sentencing has been put back, it has been disclosed.

Tweed (21), of Buckhurst Hill, Essex, had been due in court today and faced the possibility of jail for assaulting a taxi driver.

The date has been changed to April 16, ensuring he can attend the funeral, due to take place in Buckhurst Hill, Essex on Saturday, April 4.

Tweed was found guilty of assault by magistrates in Epping, Essex, early in March.

The court was told that Tweed, who denied any offence, had attacked Stephen Wilkins after being driven from a nightclub in Epping in May 2008.

Magistrates said they were considering a jail sentence and adjourned sentencing until March 26.

Court officials said yesterday the hearing had been adjourned once more, following Miss Goody’s death. They said Tweed was now scheduled to be sentenced in Harlow, Essex, on April 16.

Prosecutors said Tweed attacked Mr Wilkins — and threatened to stab him — after the taxi driver asked for the fare in advance. They said the cab was travelling at 50mph when Tweed grabbed Wilkins from behind.

In September 2008, Tweed was given an 18-month jail term by a judge at Chelmsford Crown Court after being convicted of attacking a 16-year-old boy with a golf club. Tweed, who denied any offence, attacked the youngster in December 2006 in Ongar, Essex, after an altercation.

The judge, Recorder Mark Lucraft QC, said Tweed would spend nine months in prison before being released on licence.

But Tweed was released from prison on licence in January. He has to wear a monitoring tag and observe a curfew.

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