Monday 24 July 2017

Bez in outburst after appeal defeat

Bez has lost his appeal against his conviction for assault
Bez has lost his appeal against his conviction for assault

Bez has lost his appeal against conviction for assault - and was warned he would be re-arrested in the dock if he did not calm down.

The former Happy Mondays star, real name Mark Berry, reacted angrily to being told he had failed in his attempt to overturn his conviction for attacking his ex-partner and must pay £500 court costs.

"It's a joke," Bez said from the dock. "I'm going to take this to a higher court. I'm not paying nothing, I don't give a shit."

Judge Roger Dutton, hearing the day-long appeal with two magistrates at Manchester Crown Court, told Bez he needed to take legal advice before launching a further appeal to the High Court. "What a stitch-up," he replied, before the judge's temper finally snapped.

"I would be very careful what you choose to say," Judge Dutton replied. "If you express yourself in that way again I will have you arrested."

The defendant muttered "B******s" under his breath, out of hearing of the judge, but quietened down.

Bez, who found fame for his freaky dancing in the Happy Mondays in the late 1980s, was jailed for four weeks in August after a row over money with Monica Ward, the mother of his two-year-old child.

He was convicted after a trial and originally given a community order and asked to pay £450 in costs.

But he told chair of the magistrates' bench Marie Cash that he would not obey the sentence, and protested his innocence. The former Celebrity Big Brother winner was promptly told he was going to jail for one month.

Peter Eatherall, his solicitor, said it was "unlikely" the case would go to the Court of Appeal.

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