A FITNESS instructor has avoided being remanded in custody so that he can fight to resurrect his football career after he was accused of a horrific assault on his girlfriend.
Defence lawyers argued that 19-year-old Donovan Chinemhute should be allowed to continue his conditional bail so that he can continue his now “five nights a week” amateur and semi-pro football commitments in the hope that he will be picked up by a scout and make a return to the full time game.
Chinemhute is currently working as a fitness instructor at a St Helens gym.
He appeared before Wigan and Leigh Magistrates on October 1 and was remanded on conditional bail to appear again for trial on November 23 after pleading not guilty to assaulting Lucy Marron, of Sunderland Place, Marsh Green, by beating her, on September 30.
Craig Parkinson, defending, said that claims that Chinemhute had pulled Miss Marron along a road by her recently pierced nipples, as well as allegedly punching and head butting her in the street, would be vehemently contested.
Chinemhute appeared before the bench again this week after being found by police on October 10 sleeping in his bedroom at his Sunderland Place home in contravention of his existing bail conditions.
Mr Parkinson explained that Chinemhute had a business meeting at the gym company but had realised that he had left his formal clothing at his family home and had returned via the back door to collect them after a football game.
However, he had “regretfully” accepted his family’s advice to stay the night there because it was now too late in the evening to return to the friend’s home which was his official bail address.
Chinemhute admitted an offence under the Bail Act 1976.
Magistrates agreed to re-extend his conditional bail which now includes a 11pm to 5am curfew condition and warned him that there would be “no second chances.”