Wednesday 26 July 2017

Champion boxer Jamie Cox facing jail for attacking ex-girlfriend after breaking into her flat

Champion boxer Jamie Cox arriving at Croydon Magistrates' Court in London : Scott D'Arcy/PA Wire
Champion boxer Jamie Cox arriving at Croydon Magistrates' Court in London : Scott D'Arcy/PA Wire

Scott D'Arcy

Champion boxer Jamie Cox is facing jail for breaking into his ex-girlfriend's flat and grabbing her around the throat.

Cox attacked Viktoria Gribovskaja at her home in Lambeth, south London, on July 16 last year after their relationship broke down and he attempted to collect his belongings.

Ex-girlfriend of Jamie Cox, as the champion boxer will be sentenced today for assaulting his ex-girlfriend after breaking into her flat Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Ex-girlfriend of Jamie Cox, as the champion boxer will be sentenced today for assaulting his ex-girlfriend after breaking into her flat Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The Swindon-based boxer, who appeared in court under his real name Jamie Russan, was convicted of assault by beating, violence to secure entry, harassment and criminal damage.

The victim was awoken by Cox forcing his way into her flat, prompting her to call 999, before he broke through her bedroom door.

Alex Slater, prosecuting, said Ms Gribovskaja told police she was was "frightened" of Cox because he was a boxer.

He said: "Viktoria said she had never been so scared in her life. She thought he was going to kill her.

Champion boxer Jamie Cox Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Champion boxer Jamie Cox Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

"She had seen Jamie react angrily before but never as badly as this."

At his trial last month, Cox said he had "barged" through Ms Gribovskaja's front and bedroom doors because he feared she "could kill herself", but magistrates said they found the victim's account of the confrontation "credible and convincing" and the 29-year-old's evidence "not credible".

The WBO European super-middleweight champion was heard in a recording of a 999 call, which lasted 21 minutes, to say: "I will knock you spark out."

The pair began dating in 2014 after the Swindon-based boxer met Ms Gribovskaja when she was working as an exotic dancer in a gentleman's club in London.

In mitigation ahead of sentencing Nathaniel Ikeazor, representing Cox, told Croydon Magistrates' Court the boxer regretted the incident.

He said: "Jamie is remorseful as to how his actions affected Victoria and affected the relationship thereafter.

"Jamie, throughout this incident, has been quite depressed it has to be said.

"This incident has gone some way to damaging everything he has worked for all his life."

He was the "breadwinner" for his family, including his mother and sister, Mr Ikeazor said, adding his boxing licence had been suspended.

Cox, wearing a grey blazer and black jumper over a white shirt and dark tie, spoke only to confirm his name and address.

He will be sentenced later.

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