We wondered why Joey Barton pleaded guilty, at the last minute yesterday, after strenuously denying he was not guilty over the previous 13 months.
Â Joey Barton – changed plea to guilty to get off with suspended sentence
Well it turns out that the judge at yesterday’s trial, Judge Khokhar Mushtaq, sitting at Minshull Crown Court, Manchester, indicated that Barton would receive a suspended sentence if he pleaded guilty.
This mind you, after Joey had to leave jail to attend the trial, since he is serving 6 months for another similar crime, for which he was found guilty in May.
We thought Joey Barton may have had a pang of conscience and wanted to come clean at last yesterday, but no, the reason he pleaded guilty was because it was better for him to do so.
If there are any legal people out there, why do judges do these stupid things, and what’s the justification to give JoeyÂ a suspended sentence?
The guy is already in jail on a similar charge, so if he pleads guilty to another one the judge will effectively let him off and suspend the sentence?
Sounds absolute and complete nonsense to us, but there again we are not legal people.
Judge Mushtaq said yesterday that he had been impressed by Barton’s commitment to his treatment at Sporting Chance, the Hampshire clinic set up by Tony Adams, the former Arsenal and England defender.
Barton has been treated there for anger management and drink problems and the judge said yesterday:
â€œShould he comply with and continue with Sporting Chance, I do not see this happening again.â€
So it would appear that the judge is on Joey’s side, but the only way we can make sense of this is that the judge is really a closet Newcastle United supporter, and just not letting on.
Bottom line, this makes no logical sense to us at all, even though it may be good for Joey and Newcastle, at leastÂ in the short term.
We know footballers don’t live in the real world, but this is just ridiculous.