Monday, July 21, 2008

Amy Winehouse fails to show up as husband Blake is sentenced.... but his blonde 'friend' is in floods of tears at court

Amy Winehouse didn't turn up to see husband Blake sentenced today but his reported girlfriend was in floods of tears outside the court.

Blonde German model Sophie Schandorff, 21, was obviously distraught after the hearing, which saw Fielder-Civil sentenced to 27 months in prison today for grievous bodily harm and perverting the course of justice.

Schandorff caused a stir at court in April when she was in Winehouse's usual place to support Fielder-Civil and the couple were seen to mouth 'I love you' to each other.

He had admitted beating up pub manager James King in a barroom fight in 2006 and then offering him ??200,000 to keep quiet about it.

Judge David Radford told Fielder-Civil he had behaved in a 'gratuitous, cowardly and disgraceful' way.

Fielder-Civil has already served around nine months on remand and he could be free in four-and-a-half months if he behaves himself in prison.

Miss Winehouse was not in court today to support her husband.
Earlier, Fielder-Civil appealed to a judge to let him walk free so he could become a role model for the troubled singer.

Through his barrister, Fielder-Civil told of his love for his wife and determination that both will devote themselves to becoming clean.

Jeremy Dein QC, told Snaresbrook crown court: 'They are very much committed to each other and their ambition is to divorce themselves from hard drugs and not separate themselves from each other.

'Knowing the nation's glare is upon him, Mr Fielder-Civil has every possible motive to rehabilitate himself in the way he has already shown he is fully committed to doing.

'He knows if he fails, an appointment with calamity awaits, not just for himself but for his wife.

'He can now see that hard drugs are to be regarded as nothing other than a smiling assassin.

'He wishes now to become a role model for Miss Winehouse but he knows it would be impossible for her to alienate herself from drugs if he continues to befriend them.'

Mr Dein urged the judge to either impose a community order, a suspended sentence or a prison term of no more than 18 months, the equivalent time Fielder-Civil has served awaiting his sentence.

The court heard Fielder-Civil kicked James King on the ground as the victim was being beaten up by Michael Brown in a row over a girlfriend in June 2006.

After he was arrested and released on bail, he became involved in a plan to pay off Mr King with ??200,000 and a holiday in Spain to ensure the trial would collapse।

Co-defendant Anthony Kelly approached reporters from a tabloid newspaper who recorded attempts to bribe Mr King.

Brown, 40, has admitted the same offences and also to failing to surrender to bail. Kelly, 26, and James Kennedy, 20, have both pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice.