Newcastle United’s 21 year-old star striker Andy Carroll appeared in Newcastle court today over an alleged nightclub altercation.
Andy Carroll – shown this morning in Newcastle
Notice he’s wearing his Newcastle United tie
The bad news for Andy is that he was told this morning that his assault charge is so serious, that the case is now going to be heard at the Newcastle Crown Court this summer.
The background to the case is that Andy was arrested after an incident in Newcastle’s Blu Bambu night club on early Sunday morning, December 7th.
Carroll was in front of Newcastle magistrates this morning, and spoke only to say his name, and he is facing a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm (ABH).
The charge apparently carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
The hearing was very short and the chair of the bench, Yvonne Steam, passed the case to be heard at Newcastle Crown Court on June 2nd.
These kinds of things are something you’d like to get over with very quickly, but of course the wheels of justice always move excruciatingly slowly.
But there has to now be a likelihood that Andy will have to serve some jail time, if found guilty.
If that happens he will become the second Newcastle player in a couple of years to serve time in jail, after Joey Barton spent some months in jail in the summer of 2008.
This is not the kind of news we want to hear about Newcastle players.