Jack Tweed will be able to go Jade Goody’s funeral after his sentencing was put back.

The 21-year-old was due in court on Thursday and faced the possibility of jail for assaulting a taxi driver.

But now the date has been changed to April 16, ensuring he can attend the funeral, due to take place in Buckhurst Hill, Essex, on Saturday, April 4.

Jack was found guilty of assault by magistrates in Epping, Essex, early in March. The court was told that Jack, who denied any offence, had attacked Stephen Wilkins after being driven from a nightclub in Epping in May 2008.

Magistrates said they were considering a jail sentence and adjourned sentencing until March 26.

On Wednesday court officials said the hearing had been adjourned once more, following Jade’s death. They said Jack was now scheduled to be sentenced by magistrates in Harlow, Essex, on April 16.

Prosecutors said Jack attacked Mr Wilkins – and threatened to stab him – after the taxi driver asked for the fare in advance. They said the cab was travelling at 50mph when Jack grabbed Mr Wilkins from behind.

In September 2008, Jack was given an 18-month jail term by a judge at Chelmsford Crown Court after being convicted of attacking a 16-year-old boy with a golf club. Jack, who denied any offence, attacked the youngster in December 2006 in Ongar, Essex, after an altercation, the court heard.

Jack was released from prison on licence in January. He has to wear a monitoring tag and observe a curfew.