Friday 9 December 2016

Boxer Jamie Cox said 'I will do you in the Irish way', ex-girlfriend tells court

Helen William, Press Association

Published 12/01/2016 | 15:30

Boxer Jamie Cox arrives at Croydon Magistrates' Court in south London. Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Boxer Jamie Cox arrives at Croydon Magistrates' Court in south London. Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

THE ex-girlfriend of champion boxer Jamie Cox felt "really scared" when he burst in to her home in the middle of the night, a court heard.

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Viktoria Gribovskaja told Croydon Magistrates' Court in England that an "angry" Cox was hurling abuse as he was "smashing" and " banging" his way in to their second floor flat in Lambeth, south London, on July 16.

Ms Gribovskaja said he grabbed her throat so she could not breathe and damaged two doors before he left just before police arrived.

Cox, 29, the WBO European super-middleweight champion, who appeared in court under his real name Jamie Russan, has previously denied common assault, violence to secure entry, harassment and criminal damage.

“Half my family are Irish, my father was Irish,” Cox said last year after defending his title. It is understood he has close relations in Donegal.

Ms Gribovskaja told the court that Cox, a 2006 Commonwealth Games gold medallist, had called her a "slut" in a series of abusive text messages from July 13 in the run-up to the alleged incident.

Viktoria Gribovskaja, the ex-girlfriend of boxer Jamie Cox, outside Croydon Magistrates' Court in south London. Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Viktoria Gribovskaja, the ex-girlfriend of boxer Jamie Cox, outside Croydon Magistrates' Court in south London. Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The couple began dating in 2014 after Swindon-based Cox met Ms Gribovskaja in a London nightclub where she was working as an exotic dancer and did a naked performance for him, the court was told.

A softly-spoken Ms Gribovskaja said that tensions had been building between them and that he told her that he would not be surprised if she was sleeping with someone at work.

Cox said they were heading for a break-up if things continued in this way but Ms Gribovskaja felt the rows they were having were just the things that couples go through.

She described herself as a "calm" person.

She denied being unfaithful and they spent the weekend together after July 9, where they were seen holding hands at a boxing match.

Then Ms Gribovskaja called the police when she got home on July 15 after Cox allegedly threatened to break down her door, jurors heard.

He was "very angry and the way he sounded on the phone scared me", Ms Gribovskaja said.

Of the alleged July 16 assault, she said: "At about 1am I heard banging on my door. I heard Jamie screaming 'open the door'. He was calling me names."

She called the police and the noise disturbed her flatmate who went to speak to Cox, Ms Gribovskaja said.

A "shouting and screaming" Cox then got in to her bedroom and told her to get her stuff, according to Ms Gribovskaja.

He took her telephone and said "I will get rid of you. I will do you in the Irish way", she told the court.

Ms Gribovskaja said she was putting things in a bag when "he took me by the throat".

She told the court: "He was in front of me. He started to squeeze. I could not do anything. I could not breathe. I could not push him away. I remember I touched his hand. I think probably he saw me scared. He stopped."

He left in his car and the police soon arrived.

Nathaniel Ikeazor, defending, said that Ms Gribovskaja was an exotic dancer and had performed "a dance" for Cox "naked" when they met.

He said that Cox came to care for her and said he loved her during their relationship in which he paid for her to visit her family in Estonia.

Mr Ikeazor said: "He lavished you with gifts and in short he looked after you. He was a caring, loving boyfriend."

Ms Gribovskaja replied "yes" but denied suggestions of being "manipulative" and trying to "deliberately provoke him".

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