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Amy Winehouse's ex-husband jailed

The ex-husband of singer Amy Winehouse has been jailed for 32 months for carrying out a domestic burglary with an accomplice "while in the grip of heroin addiction".

Blake Fielder-Civil, 29, and another man, Christopher Sylvester, 29, went equipped with a hammer, black tape, balaclavas and gloves as they raided the family home of Paul Maplesden in Rawdon, Leeds.

A fake handgun was found under the passenger seat of the car the two men had driven to the scene, but was not used in the daytime raid, Leeds Crown Court was told.

The fake firearm and haul of stolen goods were recovered after a policeman, who was on duty nearby, noticed the two men acting suspiciously and went to investigate, the court heard.

Mr Maplesden had left to go to work and his children were at school when Fielder-Civil and Sylvester raided the home on February 28 this year, making an untidy search of the property and making off with electrical items including an Xbox, DVD player and jewellery worth £4,000.

Judge Scott Wolstenholme said the offences were "very serious", adding that the two men went equipped for a "serious, professional burglary".

He jailed both men for 32 months, adding: "This case illustrates the depth people will sink when in the grip of heroin addiction. It is no comfort to people who are preyed on by drug addicts that the people preying on them are drug addicts."

He said he accepted the fake weapon was not taken on the raid but remained in the vehicle and had been acquired by Sylvester to protect himself from drug dealers who had attacked him in the past.

Fielder-Civil, who has a conviction for grievous bodily harm and a conviction for a drug offence in another country, mouthed "thank you" to the judge as he was sentenced and smiled and waved at his partner, who listened to proceedings in the public gallery.

Sylvester has 31 previous convictions, including offences involving drugs, violence and burglary.


From Belfast Telegraph