Footballer jailed for violent New Year’s Eve attack on woman

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

A 24-year-old footballer has been jailed following a “sustained and violent attack” on a woman outside a south London nightclub last New Year’s Eve.

Andrew Akingbaje attacked Krystal Misson twice, punching her several times and dragging her along the ground by her hair.

The victim’s friend, Tanya Matangaidze, filmed the second attack in which Akingbaje hits Ms Misson repeatedly in the face and body, causing her to fall to the ground. He then flees the scene.

Prosecutor Alex Matthews said it was a “sustained and violent attack”

“Akingbaje did not act in self-defence as he claimed. Ms Misson was posing no threat to him and in fact she was being held by a street warden trying to protect her at the time of the second attack.”

Mr Matthews went on to praise Ms Matangaidze for filming the attack

“Despite the obvious danger to her safety, a friend of Krystal’s, Tanya Matangaidze showed courage and filmed the incident. This was central to our prosecution and to this conviction,” he said.

The video was shared on Twitter and was retweeted more than 55,000 times.

The defendant pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and received a 32 month prison sentence at Inner London Crown Court.

He has previously served time behind bars for grievous bodily harm against another woman and drugs offences.

Akingbaje reportedly signed for League One side Accrington Stanley when he was 21, following stints at Peckham town and Tottenham Hotspur.

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