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Good News For Joey Barton

Some good news for a change, if you can call it that, for Newcastle midfielder today in Liverpool.


Joey Barton – found not guilty at Liverpool Magistrates Court today

Joey Barton has been cleared of criminal damage and found not guilty at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court of vandalizing a taxi after a night out in March last year.

Barton, who is currently serving 6 months in jail after admitting assault and affray to a 27th December altercation in Liverpool, left court to return to prison after the half-day trial.

Prosecutors alleged the player was with his cousin Joshua Wilson, 19, in the taxi in the early hours of March 4th of last year, when a row broke out at a McDonald’s in Liverpool.

Lawyer Robert Jansen said Barton became aggressive when the driver, Michael Kay, refused to go through a drive-through. Jansen then claimed that Barton ripped out the cabbie’s radio after Kay refused to continue the journey.

However, fingerprints on the smashed screen were not Barton’s, and his cousin admitted in court that he in fact he had caused the damage.

It then took magistrates just 15 minutes to acquit the former Manchester City player.

Upon hearing the verdict, Barton said “thank you”, and is said to have smiled across to his father, who was in court.

That’s now two down and one to go for Barton.

His next appearance in court is at the end of June where he is charged with assault in an altercation last May 1st (2007) against his then Man City team-mate Ousmane Dabo.

Whether these events will cause Barton to rethink his life and career and finally and get on the straight and narrow, we don’t know.

But for Joey’s sake, we sure hope it causes him to have a big rethink on some of his actions of the past year.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • obafemimartins

    May 30, 2008 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #1

    well at least the press have less ammo to get at us with

  • Toon1978

    May 30, 2008 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #2

    IMO this man is a thug and takes for granted the gift he has “being a pro footballer” the least he could do is behave himself after all he is supposed to be a role model for youngsters. This is not good news REALLY just more crap on Barton.

  • ObaFan2

    May 30, 2008 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #3

    Think he should stay clear of Maccy D’s in future, bad for you anyway!!!

  • ToonKing

    May 30, 2008 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #4

    great, hope he gets cleared in June to so he can come back to training.

  • Leo

    May 31, 2008 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #5

    lucky joey i guess

  • benn..

    May 31, 2008 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #6

    thinnk hes a quality player and i hate it when alll these people say he should be sacked.. nope he should clear hhis name and give his family something to be proud of.. then people will be on his side..

  • Mark Stockley

    May 31, 2008 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #7

    great player i really like him but if were to stand by him he shouldmake damn sure his face is never on front of a newspaper again… last chance saloon and no clichy thats my opinion, kk gave him a glowing report on how he’s changed, if he can let his football do the talking from now on he’ll develope into a very good player. but yes lucky on this account

  • The Entertainers

    May 31, 2008 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #8

    Could it be that alcohol and anger control are not Bartons problems. When infact it appears to be takeaway food establishments. Firstly he assaults 2 youths in Maccy D’s, then a cabbie for not going through a drive through.
    And if rumours are true he hit team-mate Dabo for calling him a ‘WIMPEY’…….!

  • Eric

    May 31, 2008 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #9

    Lucky this time. What is it with Barton and Macdonalds? It seems he should unload his cousin and the women he associates with, let alone the booze. He still brought unnecessary attention upon NUFC – guilty or not.

  • nufc

    May 31, 2008 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #10

    and dabo looks like a mcdonalds coffee drink. i say, stay away from McD’s!

  • Nobby!

    Jun 1, 2008 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #11

    The next time I read about him in the news or some paper, I hope it’ll be him hoisting silverware, along with the rest of the team.


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