Jeremy McConnell is released from jail after serving 34 days behind bars for skipping community service to get a hair and beard transplant in Turkey

  • Reality TV star was given suspended sentence for attacking his actress girlfriend
  • But he failed to turn up to community service when he went for hair transplant
  • He was given 18-week jail term but was released after less than five weeks
  • Star thanks fans for their support after he walks from HMP Cardiff 

Reality TV star Jeremy McConnell has been released from prison in time for New Year.

The former Celebrity Big Brother contestant had an 18-week suspended sentence activated after breaching the 200-hour community service order handed to him earlier this year for assaulting former girlfriend Stephanie Davis.

He missed his community service was to get a hair and beard transplant in Istanbul. 

After leaving prison this week, he told followers on Instagram: 'Thanks for all your messages. I've read so much lies and it's incredible. Have a good New Year.'

Jeremy McConnell has been released from prison after skipping community service
McConnell, before he was jailed

Jeremy McConnell has been released from prison after skipping community service. He is pictured, left, before his original assault trial and, right, before he was jailed

The reality TV personality posted this message to his Instagram followers after his release

The reality TV personality posted this message to his Instagram followers after his release

McConnell, who was jailed last month, had served 34 days, less than five weeks of the 18-week sentence he was originally given. 

He had appealed his sentence, but hearings were previously delayed due to an administrative error. His release this week suggests he may have won a cut to the term.

McConnell had been given the suspended sentence after a high-profile trial where he was found guilty of attacking former Hollyoaks star Miss Davis, 24, at her home in Rainhill, Merseyside in March, this summer.

During proceedings in August, a judge said Jeremy had shown no remorse for the attack on his ex-girlfriend or the impact it must have had on their son, Caben.   

He then missed eight work appointments in the 200-hour order and the court activated the sentence for failing to comply with his punishment.

Sentencing him at Liverpool Magistrates Court last month, District Judge Wendy Lloyd said she tried to rehabilitate McConnell with a suspended sentence to protect women from future violence.

She added: 'Your enthusiasm for co-operation has been short lived and there's nothing to show in the future things will change. '

McConnell was given the suspended sentence for attacking his then girlfriend, actress Stephanie Davis, pictured outside his trial

McConnell was given the suspended sentence for attacking his then girlfriend, actress Stephanie Davis, pictured outside his trial

Davis, pictured at the time of McConnell's trial
Davis posted a picture of her apparently bruised legs in the days after the March attack

Davis (pictured, left, at the time of McConnell's trial) posted a picture of her apparently bruised legs (right) in the days after the March attack

At a trial in August, Davis told the court that McConnell 'threw her around like a ragdoll' as she thought 'this is it; he's going to kill me.' 

Davis said McConnell suspected her of a lesbian affair and a fling with a fireman as he attacked her at a property in Rainhill, Merseyside, on March 10.

She described the assault 'like something out of a horror movie', adding that McConnell threatened to smash a bottle over his head.

The prosecution said the assault took place as Ms Davis held their eight-week old son Caben-Albi in her arms, a claim that was denied by McConnell.

The former Hollyoaks actress said: 'He's completely destroyed my life, it's been the worst 18 months of my life.' 

The pair met on Celebrity Big Brother before an abusive relationship which ended this year

The pair met on Celebrity Big Brother before an abusive relationship which ended this year

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