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Edwards.Town right-back Carlos Edwards was given a 12-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months, a £2,500 fine and a further 18-month driving ban at South Suffolk Magistrates' Court this morning.

The Trinidad and Tobago international will also have to carry out 200 hours of community service and pay £85 in court costs as well as a £15 victim surcharge.

On Monday, the 32-year-old pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified and without insurance.

Edwards, who was banned from driving for 12 months earlier in the year, was arrested close to his home in Kesgrave on September 26th after driving his daughter to school.

Edwards's wife Denille gave birth to premature twins weighing only 2lb on Saturday at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge where they are currently in intensive care in incubators.

Town are due to release a statement later today.

Apology from Carlos.
itfc.co.uk.

Carlos Edwards has expressed his relief at being able to focus on the health of his family after being handed a suspended prison sentence for driving offences.

The Town defender, who was today given a 12-week sentence suspended for a year after pleading guilty to driving while disqualified, became the father of twins born premature at the weekend and weighing only 2lbs.

"I'm obviously relieved at the verdict," said Carlos. "I made a stupid mistake and I want to take this opportunity to apologise for that.

"There were concerns over the health of my wife Denille and the twins when the incident took place and I wasn't thinking straight at the time but it was still a massive error of judgment on my part.

"It's been a difficult time for myself and my family over the last month or so and with Denille and the twins still receiving hospital treatment, we still have a long way to go. My focus now is the health of my family.

"I also want to thank the people at the Football Club for their support through this difficult time, especially Simon [Clegg] who has been a great help to me. I know I have let
Ipswich Town down and I'll be aiming to make amends for that on the pitch over the rest of the season."

Town chief executive Simon Clegg, who attended court for the verdict, has confirmed that the Trinidad international will be fined the maximum two weeks' wages by the Club.

"We have spoken to Carlos about his conduct and he is fully aware of what we expect from him," added Simon.

"Players at Ipswich Town should be role models by virtue of their privileged position. In this regard Carlos has let both the Club and himself down.

"However without condoning his actions, there were significant mitigating circumstances and I'm sure these were taken into consideration by the court.

"The most important thing now is the health of Carlos' family and we will be providing him with all the support we can going forward."