BROWN’S SURPRISE AT INNISS JAIL WOE
SOUTHEND UNITED manager Phil Brown admits the club were shocked when defender Ryan Inniss was handed a jail sentence.
Inniss, who signed on loan from Crystal Palace on transfer deadline day, was given a 14-week jail sentence after admitting assault after breaking a bottle over a man’s head in a nightclub.
That meant the 21-yearold was in HMP Belmarsh when his new club travelled to Scunthorpe last Saturday.
A judge has now suspended the sentence for 18 months and Inniss is out on appeal, though he has been ordered to complete 240 hours of community service and banned from entering licensed premises – except for work or buying food – for a year.
He must also complete alcohol treatment and pay £300 to his victim.
Brown says everyone at Southend is struggling to come to terms with it all.
“When we signed the player, we knew nothing about the ins and outs of the incident but we did know there was a court case,” Brown said.
“It was just a shock to our system when he got a jail sentence.
“We have to deal with that, people’s opinions and the fall-out, but we are dealing with it and we’re hoping to get a positive outcome to it all.”
APPEAL: Ryan Inniss