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A ‘jealous’ professional rugby player who strangled his girlfriend and stabbed her during an abusive relationship has been jailed for three years.
Daniel Igbinedion, 26, dragged insurance broker Katy Lyles, 35, out of a club and ripped off her smartwatch so she couldn’t dial 999 before threatening her with a sword.
The 6-foot-2-inch, 16-stone striker, who was on the Oldham Roughyeds, Dewsbury Rams and Featherstone Rovers books, met the woman when she started out as a personal trainer at Nuffield Gym in Shipley, West Yorkshire, which was across from her place. of work. .
But the rugby league ace was “possessive and jealous” from the early stages of the two-year relationship, Bradford Crown Court heard.
After a night in Leeds, the jealous Igbinedion attacked Mrs Lyles at her home in Bingley, where he ‘held her prisoner’ and strangled her with both hands around her neck, leaving her unable to breathe and fearful for his life, the court was told.
Igbinedion was convicted in October of controlling and coercive behavior and three separate counts of assault
Igbinedion was convicted in October of controlling and coercive behavior and three separate counts of assault against the woman between May 2018 and March 2020.
Judge Andrew Hatton said Igbinedion had accused the woman of being disrespectful to him and it was clear that she felt “somewhat different” from others.
The court heard that the woman was in a sense under Igbinedion’s spell and the relationship continued even though she saw a deeply unpleasant side of him.
Judge Hatton jailed Igbinedion for three years and placed him on a five-year restraining order that prohibits him from communicating with the complainant directly or indirectly.
He was ‘possessive and jealous’ from the early stages of the two-year relationship, Bradford Crown Court heard
The court had heard how, after dressing for a Liverpool Christmas party in December 2018, Igbinedion called Ms Lyles a ‘sl * g’ and spent the rest of the night in a coat over her outfit.
The judge said: ‘Others tried to persuade her to take off her coat, but she kept it on because she was under her control.’
That same night, Igbinedion pulled her out of a bar before dragging her through the streets on her arm until a concerned doorman intervened.
Igbinedion spent one night in a police cell for that incident, but he was not prosecuted and the relationship resumed.
Ms. Birch said: “That for someone of Mr. Igbinedion’s talent
The court heard how on other occasions Igbinedion drove erratically and aggressively in pursuit of her victim’s car and her abusive behavior led her to threaten suicide.
Judge Hatton said Igbinedion had “drained her of all life and stamina” and brought her into that state of mind.
In a statement on the impact of the victim, she described how she now suffered from flashbacks, anxiety and sleepless nights.
The insurance broker, Ms Lyles, previously told the court: ‘She tried to kill me. She tried to strangle me. Daniel pointed a knife at me.
The court heard that Igbinedion had suffered from mental health problems and had been sectioned at one stage.
But in a letter to Judge Hatton, he said that he had now taken an anger management course while in custody.
In his letter, Igbinedion said that he was truly sorry and his attorney Chloe Birch said that he now faced the end of his professional sports career.
Ms. Birch said: “That for someone of Mr. Igbinedion’s talent and potential will be a significant punishment.”
Imprison Igbinedion for three years and three months Judge Hatton said: ‘I have to deal with you for this sustained course of conduct that includes serious crimes of violence in a context of controlling and coercive behavior.
“All this catalog of crimes was so serious that only a custodial sentence can be justified.”
He said the woman had testified at the trial with dignity and in a “compelling and impressive” manner.
Daniel Igbinedion Quick and Facts
- Daniel Igbinedion, 26, dragged Katy Lyles out of a club and threatened her
- He was found guilty in October of controlling and coercive behaviour
- Igbinedion was jailed for three years and made subject of restraining order