Nigerian rugby player jailed in UK for assaulting girlfriend

Daniel Igbinedion, a Nigerian-born professional rugby player, was sentenced to prison in the United Kingdom for viciously abusing his fiancée and threatening to kill her.

On Tuesday, December 21, the 26-year-old former West Yorkshire rugby league player was sentenced to three years and three months in prison for charges of controlling and coercive behaviour as well as three counts of assault.

During their 18-month relationship, his partner, Katy Lyles, 35, claims she was subjected to various sorts of violence by Igbinedion.

Lyles said they met when he became her personal trainer at her local gym after he was sentenced to prison.

When she initially met him, she thought he was a nice person, but he quickly grew possessive and jealous.

At some point in time, he allegedly pursued her car erratically and aggressively to the point that she considered taking her own life.

According to the 35-year-old insurance broker, she now suffers flashbacks, anxiety and sleepless nights, having been scarred by the various incidents.

Ms Lyles said: “He tried to kill me. He tried to strangle me. Daniel pointed a knife at me.”

The court later heard that Igbinedion had suffered from mental health issues and had undertaken an anger management course while in custody.

Igbinedion, who was arrested in December 2020, carried out the abuse between May 2018 and March 2020.

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