Marcus Bent Given 12-Month Suspended Sentence for Attacking Police Officer

Gianni VerschuerenFeatured ColumnistFebruary 12, 2016

WIGAN, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 19: Marcus Bent of Wigan in action with Alan Hutton of Tottenham Hotspur during the Barclays Premier League match between Wigan and  Tottenham Hotspur at the JJB Stadium on April 19, 2008 in Wigan, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Former professional footballer Marcus Bent has been handed a 12-month suspended sentence for attacking a police officer at his Surrey home on September 13, 2015.

As shared by Sky Sports, the 37-year-old was involved in a bizarre incident with the police:

The career journeyman was an England under-21 international and played for a number of British clubs, including Crystal Palace, Everton and Charlton Athletic.    

He last played professional football in 2012 and entered the oil business soon after, according to his brother Elliott, who said the veteran striker was open to playing again should the right offer come along, per Get West London's Tim Street

But in September of last year, he was charged with affray and possession of a Class A drug after Surrey Police told reporters they had to use a taser to subdue Bent, per Jacob Cotterill of the Stoke Sentinel

Per MailOnline's Sam Cunningham, Bent admitted the charges in court on Friday, which led to the suspended sentence. He will have to complete 200 hours of community service and will be under curfew for two months, but he won't have to wear an electronic tag. 

Bent escaped a prison sentence due to the circumstances of the incident. Per Cunningham, he himself called the authorities in a state of delusion, believing someone had entered his home. He then locked himself in the bathroom, failed to open the door for police offers and eventually burst out holding the meat cleaver and lunging at the officers.

Even during the arrest, he maintained he could "see their face," alluding to the intruders he believed were in his home.

The judge said the story was "consistent with being delusional at the time" and handed the former striker a two-year suspended sentence. He was warned that if he reoffends, breaches curfew or misses his community service, he will immediately be sent to prison, per Cunningham.