updated 11/05/2008 AT 12:25 PM ET
•originally published 11/05/2008 AT 12:30 PM ET
Amy Winehouse’s husband Blake Fielder-Civil was released from jail Wednesday – and checked straight into rehab, a source confirms to PEOPLE.
Fielder-Civil, 26, was released nearly a year to the day after he was first arrested. On Nov. 8, 2007, eight plainclothes officers handcuffed him at his flat – while a hysterical Winehouse looked on – on charges stemming from a pub brawl of assault and perverting the course of justice. On June 5, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 27 months. Prisoners serve half their sentences, and by that point, Fielder-Civil had already served 254 days.
Winehouse was nowhere to be seen as her husband left Edmunds Hill Prison in Suffolk. She stayed at home in London’s Camden neighborhood after checking out of the London Clinic earlier this week where she’d received treatment for a chest infection. Fielder-Civil’s jail sentence had him behind bars during the couple’s first anniversary – as well as Winehouse’s incredible five-Grammy win earlier this year.
For his release, Fielder-Civil wore jeans, a red-and-white striped t-shirt, his trademark trilby – and a big smile. His only outward signs of having served time: a chipped front tooth and red scratches down his arms.
As part of the terms of his early release, Fielder-Civil has checked into rehab – something his mother told PEOPLE in October she didn’t think was the answer.
Asked what she thought was the answer, Georgette Civil said: “Coming home to us.”
It could still be weeks before Winehouse is reunited with her husband since rehab centers typically don’t allow visitors at the beginning stages of recovery.
Winehouse’s London rep had no comment, and Fielder-Civil’s lawyer did not immediately return telephone calls.
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