A BOXER who is hoping to relaunch his career by fighting at the O2 Arena next month has escaped a jail term after a confrontation with his ex-partner.
Rotherham fighter Chad Gaynor (29) confronted Marie Pointer at her home after the pair had been out drinking and was heard by one neighbour to say, “I’ll kill you”.
He was given a 12-week jail term, suspended for 18 months, at Sheffield Crown Court today.
Gaynor, who grew up in Thrybergh, had previously been in a relationship with Ms Pointer, but an order made at Sheffield Family Court in April banned him from having any contact with her for a year, Mr Matthew Burdon, prosecuting, told the court.
Chad Gaynor leaves Sheffield Crown Court on Monday
A neighbour had heard arguing at Ms Pointer’s address at 5.30am on August 6, which included a woman shouting, ‘Get out of my house’.
“She said this happened on a regular basis and initially she didn’t think anything of it,” said Mr Burdon.
“It seemed like they were in the garden at the rear of the property.”
The neighbour looked out of the window and saw Ms Pointer at the bottom of the garden.
“She saw the defendant with his hands raised, around or near to her neck,” said Mr Burdon.
“She was unsure whether he was making any contact.
“He was making comments like, ‘I'll kill you’.”
The neighbour told her father about the confrontation and he went out and challenged Gaynor, said Mr Burdon.
She later identified Gaynor to the police as the man who had been in Ms Pointer’s garden.
A second witness described hearing a female voice say 'Get out of my house' and seeing Ms Pointer very distressed and crying.
Gaynor, of Burrows Drive, Sheffield, admitted at Sheffield Crown Court on September 7 to breaching a non-molestation order.
He denied one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and his plea was accepted by the CPS.
Gaynor had a gloved pro record of 15 wins and two losses when, six years ago, he was involved in a car crash which broke his neck.
He had been on the verge of taking his career to America and had a contract to move to Los Angeles.
Earlier this year he told the Advertiser that he wanted to get back into boxing and win a British title.
Gaynor was previously convicted for possession of an offensive weapon in 2016 and for affray in January 2018, the court heard.
Mitigating, Mr Dermot Hughes said: “For several years he was somewhat lost because all his ambitions had been ruined by a life-threatening car accident.
“He still bears the physical scars of that accident and has the mental scars as well.
“For the first time he seems to be acknowledging that he needs help from others — that he can’t solve his own problems and that his behaviour causes problems for others, and that it’s not acceptable for him to ignore court orders.”
Mr Hughes said Gaynor was hoping to fight at the O2 Arena next month.
Sentencing, Judge Graham Reeds said: “Regardless of how she came by the injuries I have seen, had you not been there, she would not have been injured.
“Therefore, it caused her some harm and distress.”
Gaynor was ordered to complete a relationships programme and up to 15 days of rehabilitation activity requirement.
He was also ordered to complete a one month curfew.