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Boxer attacked pregnant girlfriend
Bradley Pryce and Rachel Godwin
Bradley Pryce attacked Rachel Godwin at her home
A British boxing title contender has been convicted of attacking his pregnant ex-girlfriend for chatting to another man.

Bradley Pryce, 23, from Cwmcarn, near Newport, south east Wales, bit Rachel Godwin's ear, finger and arms after seeing her talking to another man.

The boxer, who has been under the supervision of Joe Calzaghe's father Enzo, told the jury that he had been acting in self defence.

But Judge Paul Thomas QC said: "It was pathetic to say you had to defend yourself against Rachel Godwin's punches."

Miss Godwin, 31, told the court how Pryce attacked her in her own home last December.

He shouted that I wasn't worth anything and he could do better than me because I was fat and ugly.
Ex-girlfriend Rachel Godwin

"I had been chatting to a man in the street and then Bradley and I went back to my house, "she told Newport Crown Court.

"He shouted that I wasn't worth anything and he could do better than me because I was fat and ugly."

She told the jury how her boyfriend then grabbed her and pushed her onto the sofa.

"I put my hand up to stop him and he bit my finger and then my right ear," she said.

"He also bit both my forearms - I was scared for my own safety and for my unborn baby."

Miss Godwin later terminated the pregnancy - the decision was not connected to the attack.

But Pryce insisted that he had been acting in self-defence.

Bradley Pryce
Bradley Pryce told the jury he had been acting in self-defence

"She went crazy," he told the court, "and was swinging punches at me and I tried to grab her hands.

"She tried to head butt me twice and was gouging my mouth so I bit her finger not to hurt her but to get her off me."

Marion Lewis, defending, told Newport Crown Court the attack was "totally out of character."

"As a professional boxer he has brought honour to his community and to his nation," she said.

"If he was sent to prison, there would be disciplinary procedures and he would lose his boxing licence and his career.

She added: "This was a stormy relationship which was doomed to fail from the outset because they were incompatible."
You may have brought honour on your country but you brought shame upon yourself
Judge Paul Thomas QC

Ordering him to pay Miss Goodwin 500 in compensation and 1,315 in costs, the judge told him: "You may have brought honour on your country but you brought shame upon yourself.

"I hope no child who looks up to you sees this as anything except a blot on your character.

"It was pathetic to say you had to defend yourself against Rachel Godwin's punches."

Pryce was spared prison but was sentenced to a 200 hours community punishment.




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