Champion Boxer Beat up Ex-girlfriend in Front of Her Daughter, Taunting: 'No One Will Believe a Five-year-old'

A former boxing champion has been jailed after physically assaulting his ex-girlfriend in front of her five-year-old.

Lee Mitchell, of Bolton, U.K., was sentenced to 24 weeks in jail at Manchester magistrate's court, the Manchester Evening News reported. He was convicted of assault, harassment and criminal damage.

He was also banned from contacting the victim as part of the terms of a two-year restraining order and ordered to pay £100 ($130) in compensation to a police officer whose finger he bit, according to the newspaper.

The 25-year-old, who was formerly a regional amateur boxing champion, had been in a relationship with the woman for five months when they broke up on May 1.

Prosecutor Robin Lynch said three days later, on May 4, the victim heard banging on her front door and Mitchell barged his way into the home, according to the Evening News.

Lynch said that as she tried to prevent Mitchell leaving from with her phone, he slapped her and "dragged the victim around the room by her hair."

When the victim's daughter came into the room and witnessed the incident: Mitchell said: "No one will believe a five-year-old."

The woman and her daughter ran into the bedroom and called police. Mitchell followed them in and threw a mattress at the pair.

According to the Evening News, when police arrived at the house in Bolton, Mitchell bit a female police officer's finger and asked her: "You didn't expect that, did you?"

Lynch told the court that one officer had to keep Mitchell in a headlock to prevent another officer from being punched in the face.

Mitchell was released on bail after that incident, but returned to the victim's home on June 22, the Evening News reported.

The victim had ignored Mitchell's knocks on her door but she opened it when he continued to knock.

Lynch said he forced his way in and when she ran upstairs, he "jumped on her" and punched her in the face four times. He also hit a bathroom door so hard it came off its hinges, the court heard.

Mitchell later ambushed her during a shopping trip in August and threatened to smash her windows and strangle her.

During that incident, the victim managed to kick Mitchell and run away, but still heard him shouting threats as she left.

Mitchell had denied most of the charges, according to the Evening News. He claimed his victim's story was "fabricated."

His lawyer Steven Connor said his client was insistent that he had been bombarded with messages from his ex-girlfriend.

"When bailed initially by the court he should have resisted, should have been stronger and stayed away and he regrets what he did," Connor said, The Mirror reported. "He recognizes this toxic relationship with this lady is utterly and completely at an end."

In a statement, the victim said her daughter had become "more clingy" after witnessing Mitchell attack her. "I don't want him in my life or my daughter's," she said.

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