Danny Simpson to miss Leicester title celebrations due to curfew
His public profile has made it difficult for him to complete 300 hours of community work16:37 Thursday 12 May 2016, 16:37 12 May 2016
Leicester City star Danny Simpson has been told he must miss part of his team's celebrations for winning the Premier League to serve a curfew for throttling his girlfriend.
The right back was convicted in May 2015 of assaulting Stephanie Ward, the mother of his child, at their home in Worsley, Greater Manchester.
In June, he was sentenced to 300 hours community punishment but has only managed to complete 145 hours.
Simpson's lawyer Gary Ryan came to Manchester Magistrates' Court to ask for the remainder of his sentence to be revoked, and for him to pay a fine instead.
Ryan said that because the press had discovered where he was working, it was impossible for him to complete his duties as a result of "intrusion".
But District Judge Alexandra Simmonds, while accepting he had a reason for not completing the unpaid work, said the defendant had so much money a fine would be "no punishment".
She said he would have to undergo a 21-day 10pm to 6am curfew instead.
Ryan attempted to argue a curfew would be particularly "onerous" as there would be a function at a London hotel on the night following Leicester's last game of the season against Chelsea.
The event, after the match at Stamford Bridge, would follow Leicester City's remarkable year, which culminated in their first Premier League title victory.
The function would be followed with an open-top bus tour of Leicester on Monday and a trip to Thailand starting on Tuesday, Ryan said.
But Judge Simmonds refused to be swayed and told Simpson he must begin his curfew straight away
She told the defendant: "The purpose of the order is to restrict the liberty of Mr Simpson as punishment for the offence for which he was convicted.
"This was an offence of domestic violence and the courts take domestic violence very seriously.
"You will have to serve your sentence. You will need to be in tonight at 10pm."
Ryan said he was looking at appealing but was told the defendant would have to comply with the order regardless, until the outcome of the appeal was known.
He will be monitored electronically by an ankle tag and if he breaks the order could be brought back to court.
Simpson's first punishment was working in an Age UK charity shop in Eccles, where he parked his £200,000 Lamborghini round the corner.
He was then placed at the HQ of Purple Futures, a contracted out, privately run community rehabilitation company, but was again found by the press, with reporters interviewing other offenders doing work alongside him.
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