Jade Goody has been given less than four weeks to live, her husband Jack Tweed’s lawyer has said.

The Big Brother star was recovering in hospital following surgery to relieve pain in her bowel on Tuesday as Jack, 21, was convicted of assaulting a taxi driver.

Jack cried in the dock after the verdict was announced, while his lawyer pleaded with magistrates to suspend the sentence for six months – saying Jade had limited time to live after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Tania Panagiotopoulou, speaking for Jack at Epping Magistrates Court, told how Jack has been caring for Jade and said: “She (Goody) has been given less than four weeks to live.”

She added that the couple married less than two weeks ago and his ‘partying’ days were in the past: “His partying lifestyle is well and truly over and has been for some months now,” she said. “He tries within the confines of his tag to care for her. He is unable to work.”

Magistrates were told that Jack grabbed Mr Wilkins around the neck and threatened to stab him as the taxi drove at about 50mph. Jack said he was ‘stupid drunk’ and had no memory of the incident, which took place last May.

It is the second time in six months that Jack has been convicted of assault. Last September, he was given an 18-month prison term after being found guilty of attacking a 16-year-old boy with a golf club in Ongar, Essex.

Meanwhile, Jade’s friend and publicist Max Clifford has said that while the situation is very bad for her in terms of the terminal cancer, ‘none of us know’ exactly how long she would survive for.

He said that she was going to be disappointed at the court’s verdict on Jack, but said he did not want to comment further about the case.

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