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Maguire Handed a 21-Month Suspended Jail Sentence – What Does ‘Suspended Jail Sentence’ Mean?

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Manchester United captain and England International footballer, Harry Maguire, was arrested last week in Greece during his end of season vacation following a brawl on the Greek island of Mykonos.

The 27-year-old footballer who was arrested on Thursday after a run-in with 4 police officers has however been found guilty of repeated bodily harm, attempted bribery, violence against public employees and insult. Maguire had pleaded innocent to the charges, and said on Tuesday that he would appeal against the judgement.

Two other defendants – including Maguire’s brother, Joe – were also found guilty on similar charges and handed 13-month sentences, while Maguire was handed a 21-month suspended prison sentence.

This brings us to the question; What Does ‘Suspended Jail Sentence’ Mean?

Following the court verdict on Maguire’s case and the pronouncement of the sentence, many people have been asking to know what the sentence really means. Would Maguire spend time in prison? Under what conditions would he be taken to serve a jail term? See explanation below;

A Suspended Jail Sentence is a punishment given by a court, in which a criminal is told they will be sent to prison if they do anything else illegal within the time mentioned.

What this really means is that Maguire would not be spending a time in prison but would be kept under some behavioral check within this 21-month period of which he would be taken to prison to serve a proper jail term if he fails to abide by the given conditions. These conditions can include him involving in any other fight within the 21-month period. More so, he can be handed some public services to do as part of his suspended sentence.

Following this development, Harry Maguire has been withdrawn by manager Gareth Southgate from the England squad to take part in the upcoming Nations League matches.


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