Boxer sentenced for assault on actress girlfriend

09/04/2014

Boxing champion Joseph Selkirk has been given a community order after admitting assaulting his girlfriend, Bollywood actress Amy Jackson.

Selkirk had originally denied that he'd assaulted Ms Jackson in a row at the Malmaison hotel in Liverpool city centre on 8 November 2013.

He told the local paper that he would fight the allegations but pleaded guilty at the start of the trial at Liverpool Magistrates Court on 17 March 2014.

The court heard that staff at the Malmaison had become concerned when the couple pulled up in a Silver Mercedes car and appeared to be having a heated row.

They'd both been drinking and Selkirk had been celebrating a win at a boxing match that night.

The hotel night porter said he saw Selkirk push Ms Jackson as she tried to get out of the car.

The argument continued as Ms Jackson and Selkirk entered the hotel. She appeared to want to leave and didn't want to stay.

A night porter at the hotel said he then heard Selkirk call Ms Jackson "a skank". As the couple left, the porter saw Selkirk use his open palm to push Ms Jackson, causing her to stumble on the hotel steps.

When police were called, Ms Jackson was said to be holding her jaw and "wincing in pain".

Selkirk, who is said to be now living in Spain, has been given a 12 month community order by magistrates and ordered to pay £300 costs.

The community supervision order will explore Selkirk's offending behaviour and he'll take part in "building better relationships" sessions run by the Probation Service.

Ms Jackson was not willing to pursue the case but the Crown Prosecution Service decided that a prosecution was necessary and was in the public interest.

Angie Rowan, Senior Crown Prosecutor with the Crown Prosecution Service Mersey-Cheshire, said: "Selkirk is a boxing champion and an assault by him would clearly have a substantial impact.

"There were witnesses to what had happened in the early hours of 8 November and they were definite about what they had seen happen between the couple.

"Victims of domestic violence often don't want to pursue a complaint because they're frightened of reprisals or are worried about the impact it will have on their families.

"However, the Crown Prosecution Service is determined to bring these cases to court wherever possible in the interests of the public as a whole."