Daniel Igbinedion Wiki – Daniel Igbinedion Biography
Daniel Igbinedion is a ‘jealous’ professional rugby player who throttled his girlfriend and pulled a knife on her during an abusive relationship has been jailed for three years.
Igbinedion dragged insurance broker Katy Lyles, 35, out of a club and tore off her SmartWatch so she couldn’t dial 999 before threatening her with a blade.
He is 26 years old.
The 6ft 2inch, 16-stone prop forward, who was on the books at Oldham Roughyeds, Dewsbury Rams, and Featherstone Rovers, met the woman when he started as a personal trainer Nuffield Gym in Shipley, West Yorkshire, which was opposite her workplace.
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 out in Leeds, jealous Igbinedion attacked Ms Lyles at his home in Bingley where he ‘kept her prisoner’ and strangled her with both hands around her neck, leaving her unable to breathe and fearful for her life, the court was told.
Igbinedion was found guilty in October of controlling and coercive behaviour and three separate charges 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 he felt himself to be ‘somewhat different’ to everybody else.
The court heard the woman was in a sense under Igbinedion’s spell, and the relationship continued despite her seeing a deeply unpleasant side of him.
Judge Hatton jailed Igbinedion for three years and made him subject to a five-year restraining order which bans him from contacting the complainant directly or indirectly.
Igbinedion spent a night in a police cell over that incident but was not prosecuted, and the relationship resumed.
Jailing Igbinedion for three years and three months, Judge Hatton said: ‘I have to deal with you for this sustained course of conduct including gross offences of violence against a background of controlling and coercive behaviour.