Katie Price AVOIDS jail AGAIN! Reality star walks free after telling court she ‘misunderstood’ rules of restraining order when she sent ‘gutter s**g’ text about ex’s fiancée… who is left feeling ‘incredibly disappointed’ by sentence
- Model said to have sent message to Kieran Hayler about Michelle Penticost
- Price got a five-year restraining order banning her from contacting her in 2019
- Last year Price was handed a 16 week suspended sentence after drunken crash
Katie Price avoided jail again today, as she walked free from court after claiming she ‘misunderstood’ the rules of a restraining order when she sent a ‘vile and nasty’ message about her ex-husband’s fiancee.
The former glamour model faced the prospect of a stint behind bars after admitting the breach, when she sent a text to Kieran Hayler, branding Michelle Penticost a ‘gutter s**g’.
The 44-year-old former I’m A Celeb star was banned from contacting Miss Penticost directly or indirectly for five years in June 2019 after hurling a foul-mouthed ‘tirade of abuse’ at her during a row in a school playground.
The message read: ‘Tell your c***ing w***e piece of s**t girlfriend not to start on me.
‘She has a restraining order so shouldn’t try antagonise me as she is in breach and I’m sure she doesn’t want people knowing that she was having an affair with you behind my back. That gutter s**g.’
The court heard that her message to Mr Hayler may have been triggered by an Instagram post by Miss Penticost, which she denies was aimed at Price.
But at Lewes Crown Court today Price was told she would not be going to prison, but would have to do 170 hours of community service and pay £1,500 costs.
Judge Stephen Mooney told Price: ‘In my judgement, this offence was committed out of anger.
‘The words you used were highly offensive and inflammatory so the breach cannot be considered minor.
‘In my judgement, balancing the aggravating and mitigating factors, the appropriate sentence is a medium-level community order.’
Price showed no emotion as the verdict was announced but gave a brief smile as she left the dock.
Mr Hayler and Miss Penticost said this morning: ‘We are incredibly disappointed with the result of today’s court hearing.
‘We feel a custodial sentence would have sent the right message to the public given the seriousness of Miss Price’s offending.’
Earlier in a hearing, Miss Penticost said in a victim impact statement how the impact of the restraining order breach by Price had a ‘devastating effect’ on her mental wellbeing.
Katie Price (pictured arriving at court today with Carl Woods) avoided jail again today, as she walked free from court after claiming she ‘misunderstood’ the rules of a restraining order when she sent a ‘vile and nasty’ message about her ex-husband’s fiancee
The 44-year-old former glamour model was arrested by police after she allegedly sent a message to Kieran Hayler branding his new fiancee, Michelle Penticost (pictured together today), a ‘gutter s**g’
She said: ‘The impact of what Katie has done is very upsetting, I feel threatened and intimidated.
‘I feel demoralised and not wanting to go out. The language used made me feel scared. I felt it was an attack on me.
‘The consequences are I feel she will attack me. I felt by having a restraining order it would make me feel safe but by someone breaching it it has made me feel very vulnerable.’
Nicholas Hamblin, representing Price, said his client had pleaded guilty to the breach but she had been under a ‘misunderstanding’ that the restraining order ‘worked both ways’.
He added: ‘She has shown signs of remorse, she accepts an indirect breach.’
Mr Hamblin said that Price had sought help for her emotional problems at the Priory Clinic.
He said she suffered from a ‘depressive disorder and anxiety’, and added: ‘Miss Price is learning to cope with her emotional problems and to not react in the way she has in this case.’
He continued: ‘She has two different personalities, the public one and the vulnerable one of being in the public eye and every day in the public eye no matter what she does.
‘It’s perhaps a case of building someone up only to knock them down.’
He added that ‘there was a lot of good to be said’ for Price and she was considered in a probation report to be at ‘low risk of reoffending’.
Price was arrested at her home by officers at around 5.45pm on January 21 and taken to Worthing police station.
After a 12-hour round of questioning, she was released, though not before officers confiscated her phone, which they examined for evidence.
At an earlier hearing Crawley Magistrates Court was told Price sent the ‘vile and nasty’ message after Michelle Penticost uploaded an Instagram post about how to deal with people who were treating you badly.
The court heard there was a history of ‘clear antagonism’ between Miss Price and Miss Penticost.
Last year Price was handed a 16 week suspended sentence after crashing her BMW X5 while drunk last September.
Price then dodged a potential jail term in January after £7,358 fines she owed for driving offences were paid at the last minute.
She now faces a fresh allegation of speeding which is due to be heard before magistrates in July.
Earlier this year Price again avoided jail after striking a last-minute deal to pay off her bankruptcy debts.
The 44-year-old was scheduled to appear before the High Court to explain why she hadn’t paid back £2.3m she owed after being declared bankrupt in 2019.
But the former model had her bankruptcy hearing postponed for a second time after agreeing an 11th-hour deal to pay back the money.
It comes after Price was pictured cutting a solemn figure as she left her make-up masterclass in London after a low turnout last night.
The former glamour model has been hosting masterclasses for fans around the country as of late, also taking part in a class in Leicester on Wednesday afternoon.
She was picked up from former Big Brother star Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace’s Fakin’ It salon by fiancé Carl Woods, 33, after the class.
Heading home: Katie Price, 44, cut a solemn figure as she left her make-up masterclass in London after a low turnout on Thursday
On tour: The former glamour model has been hosting masterclasses for fans around the country as of late, also taking part in a class in Leicester on Wednesday afternoon
Ready to roll: She was picked up from former Big Brother star Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace’s Fakin’ It salon by fiancé Carl Woods, 33, after the class
Tutorial: Some fans were seen posing for pictures outside the salon before the event on Thursday
Hidden: Former I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! campmate Katie appeared to have only a handful of attendees for her London outing, with Aisleyne keeping her covered before she left
Price was seen laden with pink and red gift bags and a beige featured handbag as she left the shop.
She wore a brown tracksuit with a short-sleeved top and a pair of pink trainers with white souls.
The former Celebrity Big Brother winner shielded her eyes behind a pair of sunglasses as she made her way to Woods’ car.
The former I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! campmate appeared to have only a handful of attendees for her London outing, with some fans posing for pictures outside the salon before the event.
She was seen gathering her belongings inside the salon after hosting the masterclass.
Price admitted earlier this year she ‘hit rock bottom’ after her horrific drink and drug- fuelled crash.
In scenes from her Channel 4 series Katie Price’s Mucky Mansion, the star breaks her silence on the crash, which saw her handed a 16-week suspended sentence and two-year driving ban.
Katie tells the camera that she ‘could have killed someone or myself’ when she flipped her uninsured BMW X5 into a hedge, while disqualified and under the influence on a country lane near the Sussex home that features in her new series.
Price was arrested after crashing her car near Partridge Green in West Sussex last September
It needs some work: The reality star took centre stage in the three-part series broadcast just five days after she was arrested on suspicion of breaching her restraining order (her mansion is pictured ahead of the renovations)
In the upcoming scenes, Katie is seen returning to her home to resume the makeover after the September crash, as the voiceover reveals she has competed 30 days in a mental health facility.
She tells the camera: ‘I mean I can deal with a lot of things, stress, pressure, I breathe that. Behind closed doors there’s drama, no ones life is perfect.
‘When it hits me personally, that’s what I can’t deal with. I regret getting in the car, I could have killed someone. I could have killed myself. My kids might not have had a mum. It’s awful.
‘I was rock bottom at that point. It was a wake up call. I don’t want to be in that situation again. In fact I don’t want to be in a situation where I feel that sad inside that I need to just go and do something, be destructive and hurt people around me because I don’t know how to cope with it.
‘I have now decided to see a therapist every week for the rest of my life and put my hand up and say yeah I need help, help me.’
Katie Price’s rap sheet
October 2003 Escaped a speeding charge on a technicality after cops failed to arrest her within 12 weeks. Her Range Rover was allegedly clocked at 70mph in a 40mph zone. Also in October, charges against Price, for an alleged assault in a nightclub, were dropped when police failed to arrest her within 12 weeks.
June 2008 Given three penalty points, fined £200 and ordered to pay £80 costs at Feltham magistrates’ court for talking on her mobile phone while driving on April 18.
January 2009 Let off on a legal technicality by Brighton magistrates after allegedly breaking a 30mph limit and not providing the identity of the driver to police.
July 2010 Convicted in her absence by Crawley magistrates after cameras caught her speeding at 99 mph on September 16, 2009. Her lawyer argued she was only speeding because she was being hounded by the paparazzi, but police said there were no other speeding vehicles around. She was fined £250, ordered to pay £500 prosecution costs and given four points on her licence.
September 2010 Convicted at Mid-Sussex Magistrates’ Court for failing to be in proper control of her 7.5-ton lurid pink horsebox after veering into another lane in Sussex on February 19. She was fined £1,000, ordered to pay £650 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge and given three points on her licence, taking her tally to 10.
December 2010 Banned from driving ban for six months after she was caught on speed camera travelling at 83mph in a 70mph zone on the A23 in Pyecombe, West Sussex on 10 December 2009. Ms Price, who did not attend the hearing, pleaded guilty to the charge. In her absence, she was fined £1,000 and given three penalty points on her license (taking her total at that time to 13 points). This took her over the 12-point limit and brought an automatic six-month driving ban and so she was disqualified from driving for six months.
August 2012 Barred from driving on the roads for 12 months, after failing to respond to two speeding tickets. She had been caught speeding in London on September 5 and September 6 2011. The glamour model argued that all of her post was dealt with by her mother and she had never seen the prosecution warnings. Ms Price, who already had six points on her licence at the time, was given six more and banned for 12 months. She was also fined £400.
February 2018 Banned from driving for six months after doing 60mph on the 50mph A24. She already had points on her license. Following the incident in Dial Post, West Sussex in 2017, Ms Price failed to tell police when the speeding ticket arrived and was charged with failing to provide details about the person driving. She failed to show up at magistrates’ court and was given a six-month ban and a £750 fine.
July 2018 In July she was was questioned by police after photographs emerged of her getting behind the wheel of her car while still banned from the road. Pictures revealed Ms Price driving her grey Ford Fiesta home from Gatwick with her youngest kids Jett, aged four, and Bunny, aged three. She handed herself into police and took to Instagram to insist that she thought the ban was over – but as soon as she realised it wasn’t, confessed her wrongdoing to authorities to avoid a ‘guilty conscience.’
September 2018 Crashed her £63,000 Ranger Rover on September 26, while allegedly on her mobile phone. The crash was reported to the police. Marketing executive Katie Pugh, 23, told MailOnline that the troubled star rear-ended her Mercedes as they were stuck in traffic on the A3 in Roehampton, Surrey. Pugh said she looked up into her rear-view mirror and noticed Ms Price appearing to be looking at her phone moments before the collision at around 5.30PM on September 26.
October 10, 2018 Arrested on suspicion of drink-driving in the earlier hours of the morning on October 10, after being found by police in her garish pink Range Rover in Woolwich, East London. Ms Price had allegedly been partying with ex-boyfriend Kris Boyson helping him celebrate his 30th birthday when her car ended up hitting a parked car. She took a roadside breath test and was taken to Plumstead Police station where she was released after a night in the cells. Ms Price was then photographed driving her car without wearing her seatbelt, just 36 hours after her drink driving arrest – an infraction that carries a £100 fine.
December 2018 Charged by postal requisition over her drink-driving charge
January 2019 Caught driving while disqualified, and was given another three months.
February 2019 Served a further three month ban after being convicted of drink-driving in October 2018.
June 2019 Price is fined after shouting abuse at ex-Hayler’s girlfriend Michelle Penticost in a school playground, in Shipley, West Sussex. Price was issued with a five-year restraining order against her and ordered to pay £606 in fines and court costs.
Autumn 2019 Issued with her sixth ban – a two-year disqualification – which she appealed. It was reduced to 18 months.
March 2021 Gets behind the wheel of boyfriend Carl Wood’s Range Rover weeks before her 18-month ban is lifted. Questioned by police over the matter
December 2021 Price received a 16-week suspended jail sentence and was banned from driving after she admitted drink-driving while disqualified and without insurance after a crash near her home in Sussex.
June 2022: Price faces sentencing after admitting breaching a restraining order.