Watford striker Troy Deeney sentenced to ten months in prison for affray.
3:26pm Monday 25th June 2012 in Latest Football News
Watford striker Troy Deeney has been sentenced to ten months in prison.
The Hornets' top scorer admitted a charge of affray on May 11 following a violent brawl in his home town of Birmingham that left four students injured.
The 23-year-old pleaded guilty to the charge along with his brother Ellis Deeney and two other men, Oliver Brennan and Marc Williams.
Ellis and Williams have been sentenced to eight months, suspended for 18 months, and Brennan has been sentenced to eight months in a young offenders institution.
At the May 11 hearing, prosecutor Marni Chimber said the punch-up broke out between the students and the four defendants near a bus stop in Broad Street at around 2.20am on Wednesday, February 29.
The incident was captured on CCTV and Miss Chimber said Troy, of Keepers Gate, in Chelmsley Wood, was filmed punching one student then kicking him on the ground before punching another.
She said when police arrived and arrested Troy Deeney he put up a struggle, causing an officer to dislocate a neck bone.
The football player had originally been charged with assaulting a police officer but the charge was dropped.
Troy, Ellis, 21, of Poplar Avenue Chelmsley Wood, as well as Brennan, 20, of Hazel Croft, Chelmsley Wood and 26-year-old and Williams, of Stonebridge Crescent, Kingshurst, were bailed conditionally and the initial June 12 sentencing was pushed back until today.
Troy was released by Aston Villa in his teens and was training to be a bricklayer and playing non-league football for Chelmsley Town before he was spotted by Walsall as an 18-year-old.
The striker impressed for the League One side and after scoring 14 goals and winning the club's player of the season award in 2010, was signed by Watford for an initial £250,000.
There will be more from Deeney's court case later today.