Adam Johnson has been in prison for a week now and it seems the disgraced footballer is struggling to adapt to his new life behind bars - which won’t come as a huge surprise.
According to The Sun, Johnson is currently on suicide watch after being convicted of sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl.
And the same newspaper understands Johnson has told friends that seeing his baby daughter is the “only way” he will survive his six-year sentence.
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“Adam had begged Stacey before he even went inside that he wants to see Ayla,” a friend of Johnson’s is quoted as saying by The Sun. “Now he has called her and said he needs a visit and to see his daughter because of the grimness of prison life.
“He told her it’s the only way he’ll be able to survive the sentence and will give him hope during his appeal.
“He’s a bit in despair and needs something to look forward to and focus on.”
Stacey Flounders plans to take daughter to visit Johnson
Stacey Flounders - Johnson’s ex-partner and the mother of his daughter - had told friends, according to The Sun on Sunday, that she planned to take 14-month-old Ayla with her to visit Johnson in prison.
However, her close friends have also reportedly revealed that Flounders was “horrified” after learning Johnson had picked up an STI after “romping with women” on his way home from training.
That was revealed in court before he was sentenced, along with the lurid details that he had been caught with images of animal porn on his laptop.
“Stacey’s unsure whether to take Ayla into the prison straight away,” the friend added. “She’s being urged by family and friends not to rush into a decision because it not being the right place for a young child.
“But Adam told her before and while in prison he needs to see her for his own sanity and wants to be a proper dad.”
An appeal against conviction has been lodged
Johnson’s sister, Faye, revealed on Facebook this week that her brother is poised to appeal his six-year prison sentence this week.
She also revealed that Johnson has lodged an appeal against his conviction for sexual activity with a child.
The Court of Appeal confirmed an appeal application against his conviction was filed on Wednesday.
Appeal will take months
However, according to the Chronicle, it will take up to five months for the grounds of appeal to be processed. A senior judge will then decide whether or not to allow the footballer’s appeal to go ahead.
Judge Jonathan Rose criticised Johnson’s lack of remorse, while a psychologist told Bradford Crown Court that the former England international “never thought that what he was doing was wrong in his head”.
“You did not enter your guilty pleas to the first two counts until the day of trial,” Judge Rose told Johnson before sentencing him. “You did not admit the offence of which you were convicted and though you admitted meeting and kissing the girl in interview and expressed remorse, such admissions must be set against your unwillingness to enter any guilty pleas until the day of trial, for whatever reason, and against your denial of the most serious offence for which you have no remorse.”
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