Wigan Thai boxing thug is back in prison

Paul Sudworth
Paul Sudworth

A former martial arts contender is back behind bars just weeks after he was released from prison for a series of horror attacks on his ex.

Paul Sudworth received a 20-month jail term in June for repeatedly assaulting his former partner.

Having already served seven months remanded in custody, the 30-year-old, formerly of Bradley Lane, Standish, was moved into a Carlisle bail hostel in September and then more recently was allowed to come back into the borough.

A source told the Wigan Post that Sudworth was meant to be residing in a house near the town centre but the authorities discovered he had been living with a woman in Standish. This was in double contravention of his licence terms as he had not informed them of an address change nor that he was co-habiting with the woman.

As a result he was arrested by police this week and must now serve the remainder of his prison sentence, meaning he will only be released in July next year.

Sudworth, 30, has starred on fight bills across the borough, from Robin Park Arena to the Britannia Hotel, and beyond. Back in 2013 he was competing for the World Ring Sports Association’s British pro-am title at the arena.

But the thug, of Bradley Lane, Standish, was sent to prison in the summer after showing repeated violence to an ex-girlfriend.

Several people later contacted the Wigan Post after he was dealt with at Manchester Crown Court, to describe him as a “danger to women”.

Sudworth pleaded guilty to offences of assaulting occasioning actual bodily harm and three charges of common assault, all involving the same woman, who the Post has chosen not to name.

Further charges of making threats to kill and causing criminal damage, during two separate incidents, were allowed to lie on the file after the background to the offences was incorporated into the assault offences.

He also admitted to driving while unfit through drink or drugs and was disqualified from driving for 15 months.

Nine other offences were ordered to lie on the file by a judge in total.

Sudworth was said to have carried out one attack after a barbecue in June, where he attempted to strangle her.

Another incident, in September, following a family wedding, saw another violent outburst, where he is also alleged to have tried to throttle her, after clambering on top of her. He also threatened to kill her on this occasion. A third attack, again after they had been out drinking, saw him slap her across the face and, when she fell to the floor, tip water over her.

An HM Prison and Probation Service spokesperson said: “Paul Sudworth was recalled to prison on 13/12/2018 after his licence was revoked.”