Professional boxer smashed up girlfriend’s car and egged her

A professional boxer has appeared in court after admitting to smashing up his girlfriend's car and egging her.

Marcel Braithwaite, 26, pleaded guilty to throwing the eggs while inside the Peugeot 108, which hit his then-girlfriend Kennedy Atkins.

The former English super-flyweight champion, who is signed to the same management company as Tyson Fury, threw the eggs then attacked her car, causing an estimated £1,200 worth of damage.

He was charged with reckless assault and criminal damage.

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Holly Menary, prosecuting, explained that on August 27 last year Ms Atkins and Braithwaite were at his address on Blenheim Road, Mossley Hill, and were beginning to argue.

Ms Atkins left to sit in the car and phoned him from the car so they could "sort out" the argument.

A Newton hearing – a form of mini-trial where the judge establishes disputed facts of the case – then took place to determine whether the eggs were already in the car.

Professional boxer Marcel Braithwaite, 26, leaving court after appearing at Liverpool Magistrates' Court

Based on the evidence District Judge Wendy Lloyd found that Braithwaite had carried the eggs in his pockets into the car, which she described as an "unusual feature".

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After getting in the car Ms Menary said: "A scuffle ensues and eggs are thrown inside the vehicle."

He then proceeded to begin damaging the vehicle, striking it with his foot, damaging door handles and a window as well as ripping off the rearview mirror.

Previously Braithwaite was convicted of supply of class A and class B drugs in 2014 and of offences of violence in his youth.

Matthew Reynolds, defending, explained that the defendant pleaded guilty promptly following discussions with the CPS after which the charge was amended.

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The couple had been in a relationship for five years, during which time there had never been any similar incident.

Mr Reynolds said: "He regrets how he handled himself and losing his temper."

The court heard how the professional boxer is in receipt of universal credit as he only gets paid when he fights, and in between this time, he is on universal credit.

Sentencing, Judge Lloyd said that to pick up the eggs and take them to the car was "extremely strange" and said it did a "great deal of damage to her".

She said: "You would have thought being a boxer he would know how to keep his temper."

Speaking about the victim Judge Lloyd said: "This is humiliating for her."

Judge Lloyd said the assault showed "real determination" from Braithwaite due to the extent of the damage to the car.

He was ordered to complete a 12 month community order during which he will be supervised by probation and must complete 20 days of Rehabilitation Activity Requirements.

He must also complete 180 hours of unpaid work and will pay £1,500 in compensation to the victim.

A restraining order preventing Braithwaite from contacting Ms Atkins or attending her address was also imposed.