Amy Winehouse 'relieved' as she's found not guilty in assault case

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"She has always maintained her innocence and is very happy to move on with her life," said a spokesman after accusations that the singer punched a fan were dismissed 

24 JULY 2009

Amy Winehouse has been found not guilty of assaulting a dancer at a charity ball.

On hearing the verdict, the 25-year-old singer told reporters: "I'm relieved. I'm going home".

Summing up the judge ruled that the medical evidence presented by the prosecution did not show "the sort of injury that often occurs when there is a forceful punch to the eye".

In her evidence Amy had told the court she pushed Sherene Flash when asked for a photograph after because she was scared – but denied punching her.

Amy said that she'd been happy to pose with the well-wisher, but asked her to wait for a few minutes while she said goodbye to a friend.

"I didn’t know what she was going to do," said the chanteuse of the incident, which took place after she performed a duet with her goddaughter, 13-year-old Dionne Bromfield.

"She lunged at me and put her arm around me. I think she was being overfriendly, but that was intimidating," she added.

Prosecuting, Lyall Thompson had argued that his client Sherene politely asked the Back To Black star for a photo, but Amy responded by punching her in the eye using "unjustifiable violence".

Had she been convicted, Amy, who recently returned from a controversial stay in St Lucia, faced six months in jail or a £5000 fine.

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