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Joey Barton sent down

Six month sentence handed to soccer star after vicious beating of teenager in Lord Street

Published on May 21st 2008.


Joey Barton sent down

JOEY Barton has been jailed for six months after admitting to beating up a teenager during a night out in Liverpool city centre last December.

The 25-year-old Newcastle United player was handed the sentence at Liverpool Crown Court after he admitted charges of affray and assault occasioning actual bodily harm, stemming from an early morning fight outside McDonald's in Lord Street following a Christmas night out.

Andrew Barton, brother of the Huyton-born midfielder, also admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and a third defendant, Nadine Wilson, 27, pleaded guilty to affray and common assault.

Judge Henry Globe QC told him it was a "violent and cowardly act".

Barton, of Foxbank Road, Widnes, was caught on CCTV knocking an unidentified man to the ground. He then straddled the man, and punched him four or five times as his cousin threw food at the victim before Barton punched him up to 15 times more.

Minutes later, the player attacked 16-year-old Jordan Spencer, punching him and leaving him with broken teeth. It followed a series of verbal confrontations inside a McDonald's restaurant after a night out during which he had consumed 10 pints of lager and five bottles of lager.

Barton had pleaded guilty to the offence last month but the court initially imposed an order preventing details being published after the player's lawyers argued it could prejudice a jury in a separate assault trial he faces in Manchester.

The court lifted the reporting restrictions today after hearing arguments from media organisations that information about Barton's history of bad behaviour was in the public domain.

In the Manchester case, he is due to stand trial accused of assaulting his former Manchester City team mate Ousmane Dabo in a training ground incident in May last year that effectively ended his career with the club. He has pleaded not guilty.

Barton spent the New Year in Walton jail before being bailed to the Sporting Chance clinic, set up by Tony Adams, to help professional sports people with problems.

He made his return to football in the spring with Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan then pledging his full support to the player.

Judge Globe told him: "Without doubt, the most serious of the three offenders is you. You were restrained by others but ignored them and acted in an extremely violent and aggressive manner."

Barton was ordered to pay £2,500 to Jordan Spencer.

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15 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Mike TVMay 20th 2008.

This man clearly has serious problems. Locking him up will not solve it, although I am not sure what will.

Billy One EarMay 20th 2008.

Nice lad that Joey Barton. What a lovely family as well. They should all be caged.

TrishaMay 20th 2008.

He thought he would get off with it because who he is. The guy a thug & so are his family.

Widnes WonderMay 20th 2008.

I'd just like to point out he's not one us and we don't want him back.

Major HitchcockMay 20th 2008.

What an absolute shower!

Ciro CitterioMay 20th 2008.

I hope that Joey has learned his lesson and changes before it is too late. He should thank Kevin Keegan for standing by him and offering him support.

KrustyMay 20th 2008.

Ronald, the McDonald's doesn't fill the entire building - That used to be gents outfitters Horne Brothers - McDonald's just fills the drains with fat which why the area around it stinks of blocked drains.

Billy One EarMay 20th 2008.

Nice lad that Joey Barton. What a lovely family as well. They should all be caged.

LESBARMay 20th 2008.

Only six months ? What a lucky fella !Will Newcastle pay him while he's away I wonder. Hope Keegan does the right thing and transfers him to another club preferably in Australia - if they will have him.

AnonymousMay 20th 2008.

Yes

Dina S. LaneMay 20th 2008.

Isn't he related to one of the Anthony Walker murderers?

Secret SquirrelMay 20th 2008.

Interesting that he starts his sentence at the end of the footy season! Nicely orchestrated by his legal team no doubt! Probably do 3 months out of the 6 and be ready to play again! After all the bad press his family have had you would think he would go home and be in bed by 10pm just to stay out of trouble!

Fingers MilliganMay 20th 2008.

They are well on the way...

RonaldMay 20th 2008.

On a different note, that McDonald's looks absolutely amazing

AnonymousMay 20th 2008.

Beating up a teenager..what a big man.Cowardly is right.

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