Newcastle and England midfielder Joey Barton will be released from jail tonight, after finally being granted bail by a judge at Liverpool Crown Court today.
Joey Barton – granted bail after two previous failed attempts
Barton had twice been refused bail following his arrest in Liverpool on December 27th when he was charged with common assault and affray. But his request to the Crown Court was finally accepted only hours after his second hearing with Liverpool magistrates ended unsuccessfully.
After a private hearing that lasted an hour, Barton’s legal team, led by solicitor Daniel Weed, confirmed the former Manchester City player would leave Liverpool’s Walton Prison on Thursday evening. No conditions of the bail were revealed.
“Mr. Joseph Barton has been granted bail with conditions until he appears at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court on January 16.”
Earlier Thursday, Barton’s assault charge was upgraded from a Section 39 common assault to a Section 47 assault occasioning actual bodily harm. It has been alleged Barton and a group of his friends were involved in two separate incidents following a row with another group inside a McDonald’s restaurant in Church Street, Liverpool, last Thursday.
The player’s brother, Andrew Barton, 19, from Widnes, is charged with actual bodily harm and affray and Nadine Wilson, 27, from Huyton, Merseyside, is charged with common assault and affray. They did not appear on Thursday but will stand alongside him in the dock at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, January 16th.
Exactly what happens now with Joey Barton, we donâ€™t know, but we hardly think it appropriate that he starts playing for Newcastle United again. We would expect the club to announce whatever they are going to do shortly.
After all, itâ€™s not very often that you have one of your players get himself put in jail, is it?