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Jeremy McConnell flashes a triumphant grin after escaping jail - as his troubled past is revealed

Mirror logo Mirror 5 days ago JJ Nattrass
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Jeremy McConnell was said to be terrified of a possible spell in jail as he awaited sentencing at Liverpool Crown Court on Friday.

But having been handed 20 weeks in prison on a suspended 12 month sentence, the 27-year-old model appeared to be the picture of relief as he left the court on Friday afternoon.

Strolling outside with a slight spring in his step, the former CelebrityBig Brother star - who had his troubled past laid bare in court - couldn't help but flash a triumphant grim at having escaped a spell inside.

Strolling out of the court and into the streets a free man for all intents and purposes, Jeremy looked delighted with the decision made by Judge Lloyd.

Having done away with his black tie which he sported earlier on, the tattooed model cut a more relaxed and at ease figure.

Wearing his window pane check suit jacket and trousers, Jeremy looked to have also removed his waistcoat.

Striding out of the court beside a number of people, the shamed reality star couldn't help but smile - presumably through relief at having escaped prison.

Related: Jeremy McConnell denies assaulting Stephanie Davis (Provided by Press Association)

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Jeremy, who was convicted of assaulting his ex and the mother of his son, Stephanie, had his troubled past laid bare before the judge handed down his sentence.

Speaking in court today Jeremy's legal team revealed the better nature of the star as well as his troubled past - something they claimed he is trying to conquer and move forward from.

Referring to his family life, Jeremy's lawyer described how his father had died in June this year, and how it was only three days after he attended the funeral that the offences occurred.

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"He was in a very low frame of mind in the days up to this incident,” his lawyer explained, as he reminded the court that his client had no previous convictions before this.

They went on to describe how Jeremy stays with his cousin in Dublin; who had written a letter describing how the reality star helps care for a relative with autism, and “teaches him football”.

Describing how the tattooed model "clearly had a number of demons in his past that need to be addressed” the star's legal team revealed that he was in fact “clean” from cocaine use.

Attesting to Jeremy's drug-free stat, his lawyer read a letter from a private clinic in Ireland confirming that he'd sought treatment for drug misuse.

“Jeremy was admitted to the clinic on April 3 this year for treatment for chemical dependency, and completed his treatment on April 23,” the letter read.

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Following these revelations, the judge returned a verdict for Jeremy's assault on his ex-girlfriend, handing him 20 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months.

The star must also comply with the terms of a three-year restraining order banning him from contacting her, while he must also complete 200 hours of unpaid community service and pay £1,000 in costs and £1,000 to Steph in compensation.

Jeremy will also pay a victim surcharge of £115, all of which must be paid within 28 days.

Addressing the case and sentencing, Detective Inspector John Williams, of Knowsley Protecting Vulnerable Persons Unit said: "This conviction should send a message to perpetrators of any form of domestic violence that we will do everything we can to put them before the courts, whatever their status, and will support all victims who report domestic abuse. 

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"We have a team of dedicated officers who are specially trained to deal with victims and we also work with independent advisers and advocates to make sure they are supported through every step of the criminal justice process.

"I know how hard it can be for people who are suffering abuse to come forward, but I would urge them not to suffer in silence. If people can find the courage to speak out we will do everything we can to get them the help, support and justice they so desperately need and deserve."

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