Ex-Town starlet hauled before court

A former Ipswich Town starlet's future was in jeopardy today after he allegedly breached a suspended jail sentence.

IPSWICH: A former Ipswich Town starlet's future was in jeopardy today after he allegedly breached a suspended jail sentence.

Darryl Knights, an ex-Chantry High School pupil who now plays for Kidderminster Harriers, was due to attend a hearing before Ipswich Crown Court.

The prosecution was being brought on behalf of Staffordshire probation service which is supervising Knights' community work following two assaults in Ipswich.

If the case against the former England youth international is proven, the judge has the power to send him to jail depending on the severity of the breach.

The 21-year-old was sentenced to 43 weeks in prison last June, suspended for 12 months, after admitting one count of actual bodily harm and a charge of common assault.

Knights had pleaded guilty to taking part in attacks on Martel Adams and James Wells in Ipswich.

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The incident occurred after Mr Adams insulted Knights' footballing ability and his younger brother, Kyle, who had been seriously injured in a motorcycle crash.

To run alongside the suspended sentence, Knights was ordered to pay �1,000 prosecution costs, �150 compensation to Mr Wells and complete 120 hours of unpaid work in the community.

It is believed the alleged breach revolves around the community work aspect of his sentence.

Knights appeared in court last year following the assaults on May 24, 2008.

They occurred after he had been told what Mr Adams had said in a telephone conversation. Knights then went to the area of the Manor Ballroom in St Margaret's Green with another man to confront him.

Knights attacked Mr Wells, while the footballer's accomplice hit Mr Adams.

After he was sentenced, Knights said: “I do regret it (the attack). It's so stupid when I think about it now. Something like that has caused so much aggro. It was just unnecessary and could have been avoided.”

Knights has made a total of 22 appearances for Kidderminster Harriers, who play in the Blue Square Premier.

The striker played in the Harriers' last game, which they lost 2-1, away to Rushden and Diamonds on December 28.

Knights, who lives in Kidderminster, left Ipswich Town in 2008.