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Boxer faces prison after conviction for assaulting woman

Former world boxing champion Eamonn Magee has been sentenced to 12 months for an attack on his ex-partner.

Magee (38) was found guilty of assaulting Maria Magill, who claimed he grabbed her by the hair and tried to throw her down the stairs when she refused to get into bed with him.

The ex-World Boxing Union welterweight title holder was given the maximum sentence for the offence, but has been released on bail pending an appeal.

Magee, of Eskdale Gardens in Belfast, had denied a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm against the woman he was with for six years.

Ms Magill told how he attacked her after the couple had been out at a Brian Kennedy concert and then later went to a bar last September.

In her evidence to Belfast Magistrates Court, Ms Magill said they returned to a flat at Glenview Street where Magee asked her to get into bed and then demanded to see her mobile phone to check if another man had been contacting her. She claimed he grabbed her by the hair, slapped her and trailed her out of the room before attempting to throw her down a flight of stairs.

The boxer-turned trainer also laughed at Ms Magill and recorded her struggles to get past him on his phone, she said.

The accuracy of her account was called into question by defence witnesses.

Magee's sister-in-law claimed she “would go mad with drink in her”, and pulled her own hair out when nervous.

But after hearing all the evidence, District Judge Fiona Bagnall found Magee guilty of the offence. She granted him bail pending a planned County Court appeal.

Magee was told to stay away from the victim, banned from alcohol, and ordered to live at an agreed address in Hull.

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