Marcus Bent facing jail for affray

Former Premier League footballer Marcus Bent has been warned he faces a prison sentence after he admitted affray.

Premier League Marcus Bent

Marcus Bent has admitted affray Source: AAP

The 37-year-old pleaded guilty at Guildford Crown Court, sitting at Guildford Magistrates' Court, to the charge which stemmed from an incident at his Surrey home on 13 September.

The ex-Ipswich Town, Everton and Charlton Athletic striker had previously entered a guilty plea to one count of possessing a class A drug - cocaine.

Bent, dressed in a navy suit and white shirt, spoke only to confirm his name and enter his plea of guilty to affray.

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He was charged after an incident in which he was reportedly Tasered by police responding to reports of a break-in at his home in Claremont Lane in Esher, Surrey, on 13 September.

The court heard that two charges of possessing bladed articles, namely a meat cleaver and a kitchen knife, would be left to lie on file.

Lee Harris, prosecuting, said: "The Crown take the view that his intention and what was in his mind at the time is not a matter of law."

Judge Stephen Climie adjourned the case until next month, pending a probation report, but warned the former striker he is at risk of being jailed.

The judge said: "I adjourn your case for sentence on February 12. Between now and then, I expect the Probation Service to prepare a report on you which you are required to attend for interview to discuss in greater detail the background to what on paper is a disturbing set of events, which I'm sure you appreciate.

"On the face of it a custodial sentence is justified. Whether that is the right sentence in the context of this case is not a matter I will prejudge."

Bent, from Esher, Surrey, was released on unconditional bail.

The former England Under-21 international played 574 games and scored 113 goals during his professional career at 14 different clubs including Crystal Palace, Sheffield United and Blackburn Rovers.


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Published 13 January 2016 at 11:02pm
By Robert Middleton
Source: PA Sport