Six years after former Big Brother Celebrity Jade Goody passed away, she’s still famous enough that her husband kicking off in a Boreham McDonalds still makes the papers.
On 4th June 2015, Jack Tweed was convicted of Common Assault and Criminal Damage and sentenced to a Community Order.
On 9th October 2014, Mr Tweed was on a night out in Chelmsford. At the end of the evening, after having had a fair amount to drink, he went to the local McDonalds with four friends at about half three in the morning.
He “started to become disorderly and began throwing cups, napkins and other items around with his friends“, as well as pushing a McDonalds employee in the chest and “throwing items out of a drive-through window“.
Further a “short time later, Mr Tweed [was] accused of kicking the door of a man’s vehicle at a nearby petrol station and using “insulting words”.
There were four offences. One was a common assault (the push to the chest) and another was criminal damage (damage to the cups and napkins). It is not clear what the other two charges are, but it would appear to be public order offences (kicking the door and swearing at the man in the petrol station).
It seems that Mr Tweed pleaded guilty on the day of the trial.
There are sentencing guidelines for the offence of assault (which is the most serious offence). Common Assault is at page 24.
Here, the offence would appear to be Lesser Harm but Higher Culpability. This would put the case in Category 2 with a starting point of a Medium Level Community Order and a range of a fine up to a High Level Community Order.
Here, we would expect a sentence towards the higher end given the boorish nature of the behaviour, the fact that it’s in public late at night, and the much lesser credit. Even so, it is still a case where a Community Order was appropriate.
In fact, he received a Community Order with 100 hours unpaid work. In addition, he had to pay Compensation to the staff member for the assault, as well as £2.50 compensation to McDonalds for the damage to napkins and plastic cups (which may seem slightly more eager than was necessary).
For that reason, the sentence seems spot on.