Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Tweed told by court to grow up

Jack Tweed has been sentenced to an 18-month supervision order after admitting assaulting a man

The widower of reality TV star Jade Goody has been told to "grow up" by a magistrate as he was given community service for assaulting a man outside a bar.

Jack Tweed, 24, admitted common assault after punching Tom Grantham in the back of the head outside Deuces Bar and Lounge in Chigwell, Essex, in January. He also aimed two kicks at Mr Grantham, a 21-year-old builder, but missed.

He was given an 18-month supervision order, will do 100 hours of unpaid work, and must take part in a programme to prevent re-offending. He was also ordered to pay £625 costs.

Susan Mann, chair of the bench at Redbridge Magistrates' Court, told Tweed: "I think you now understand that this has got to stop as Mr (Ronald) Jaffa (defending) has said.

"You get yourself into trouble, you drink, you hit someone and try to kick them, that's not the answer...Grow up, stop all this, move on."

His brother Lewis Tweed, 21, was fined £135 and will pay a £15 victim surcharge plus £625 costs for punching Mr Grantham.

The court heard that Jack Tweed and Mark Wright, who appears in reality series The Only Way is Essex, had both invested money in Deuces, but it was then firebombed in October last year.

Ms Mann warned Jack Tweed to take the advice of probation staff during the programme to prevent re-offending. "You have this opportunity to do this programme. Take their advice, use their advice, please stop this."

He has been jailed twice in the past for violence, once in 2006 for hitting a 16-year-old boy with a golf club, and again in 2008 for battery of a taxi driver.

Lewis Tweed, who works as a driver and semi-professional golfer, had no previous convictions. The brothers left court without making any comment.

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