Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Footballer jailed after repeatedly punching woman outside London nightclub

A footballer who repeatedly punched a woman in the head before dragging her along the pavement by her hair in front of horrified New Year revellers has been jailed.

Andrew Akingbaje, 24, who the court heard signed for League One club Accrington Stanley at the age of 21, was branded "dangerous to women" by the judge who locked him up.

Akingbaje had pleaded guilty to pummeling 21-year-old Krystal Mission outside a south London nightclub in the early hours of January 1 this year.

The sickening attack was caught on camera outside Lotus in Clapham, and footage of the beating went viral online.

In the clip, shocked revellers watched as Akingbaje rained down punches on the unsuspecting woman's head before running off.

In another attack, which happened moments before, he punched Miss Mission several times before dragging her along the pavement by her hair.

The victim now suffers panic attacks and says she has been too frightened to go out in London since.

Accrington Stanley Football Club have stated that they do not have a record of Andrew Akingbaje signing a contract with them.

A spokesperson said that Akinbaje may have undergone trials with the Lancashire club, but he did not play for them professionally.