Amy Winehouse’s husband, Blake Fielder-Civil offered a fellow prisoner £20,000 to beat up Pete Doherty whom he thought was an affair with his wife.
Blake Fielder-Civil, 26, currently awaiting sentencing for beating up a local pub owner, then offering a bribe to cover the attack up, feared his wife would be kidnapped.
While in prison before before the trial, he was said to have told Richard Lyttle he had received threats that Amy Winehouse would be abducted. This evidence came out today during the trial for the two men accused of taking part in the contract killing.
The two men, Douglas Johnson and David Austin, said they were offered £5,000 to kill landlord and pub owner, Charlie Butler, who was shot in the neck outside his home in Dagenham in October 2004.
Mr Lyttle told the court that Austin had confessed to him while they were in Belmarsh prison awaiting separate trials.
It was while he was in Pentonville that he met Blake Fielder-Civil, who thought his wife was having an affair with Pete Doherty of Babyshambles. Blake had heard reports that Doherty had been around his wife in the wee hours of the morning.
A transcript from the court is as follows:
Mr. Lyttle related that Blake Fielder-Civil had said, “He said he would give £20,000 to anyone who done him – cause him injury – he was quite annoyed at the time.”
Sir Desmond asked: “Because he believed there was an affair between Amy and Pete Doherty?”
Mr Lyttle replied: “Yeah.”
Sir Desmond: “Did he say ‘smash him to pieces?’ ”
Mr Lyttle: “That’s what he said.”
Sir Desmond: “There are a lot of hard men in prison?”
Mr Lyttle: “I would say so, yes.”
Sir Desmond: “But Mr Fielder-Civil seemed to have entrusted you with this business of carrying out this particular mission?”
Mr Lyttle: “He seemed quite upset and annoyed.”
The witness, Lyttle, also said that Winehouse’s husband had told him “he had got a threat off a couple of geezers that said they were going to kidnap Amy”.
“When you got that information about the possibility of the kidnap was it true?” asked Sir Desmond.
“It was told to me by Mr Fielder-Civil. He said that people had been threatening him by having his wife kidnapped – that’s what he said they might do,” Lyttle replied.
The case is to be continued.
Amy Winehouse was photographed with a huge hickey on her neck during the time she was hanging out with Pete Doherty.
So do you think Amy Winehouse was truly having an affair with Pete Doherty?