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Matthew Newton Avoids Conviction But Must Do Community Service

Matthew Newton whose 2012 can only be described as not great, looks like he might be managing his mental health issues and moving forward in his life.

In Florida overnight he avoided a criminal conviction, but will have to do community service, pay $11,500 and write a letter of apology. He did not have to enter a plea.

The Daily Telegraph writes:

MATTHEW Newton has avoided harsh punishment for two incidents in Miami, but will pay $US11,500 and complete 50 hours of community service.

Newton, 35, who was facing charges of trespass and for assaulting a hotel clerk in two separate cases, appeared in the Miami Dade County Court in a hearing that lasted less than two minutes.

He was not required to address the court and was not required to enter a guilty plea after prosecutors agreed to divert him from the criminal system.

The judge, Ed Newman, said the court had deferred prosecution and “set forth a conditional dismissal”, meaning Newton has no US criminal record.

A prosecutor told the court that Newton needed to attend an anger management course, complete 50 hours of community service, write a letter of apology to the hotel clerk, Ariel Bory Vargas, pay $US11,500 ($11,000) restitution to Mr Vargas and to stay away from both him and Mr Moe’s, the bar where he was accused of trespass.

However, Newton will not need to attend the anger course after the prosecution said it was satisfied Newton had already dealt with his anger issues while attending the Betty Ford Clinic, in New York.

 There was no news on whether Newton will be staying in the USA or returning to Australia.

3 comments

1 Nathan 1 { 11.15.12 at 8:56 am }

he turned badass after underbelly… :D

2 brain dead dave { 11.15.12 at 12:28 pm }

CSI (Chronically Sick Ingrate) Miami.

3 chris { 11.19.12 at 3:52 am }

Bad joke