Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bellamy 'Grabbed Woman by Throat'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bellamy 'Grabbed Woman by Throat'

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Byline: By Gareth Llewellyn

Former Newcastle United star Craig Bellamy grabbed a 20-year-old woman by the throat with both hands during an altercation in a nightclub, a court was told yesterday.

Sophie Palmer claimed the Wales and Liverpool striker assaulted her in Cardiff's No 10 club after she confronted him for bumping into her.

Miss Palmer told Cardiff Magistrates Court she was walking along a narrow corridor in the club, to the VIP area, when Bellamy bumped into her. She said she was left with bruises around her neck following the incident.

Bellamy, 27, of Menai Way, Rumney, Cardiff, denies assaulting Miss Palmer and her friend Holly Smith, in the early hours of February 5. Miss Palmer said: "I turned around and said to him 'excuse me why couldn't you wait in that gap there'," she said.

"He said to me 'you're too f***ing fat to get past me, you fat slag'. He was very aggressive and very arrogant. I shrugged it off, said 'whatever' and kept walking in the direction I was going. …

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