Kyron Dryden has been found guilty of assaulting his ex-girlfriend. Photo: Jonathan Carroll Kyron Dryden uploaded a video to Snapchat as he confronted his ex-girlfriend. Photo: Jonathan Carroll
Newcastle world champion boxer Kyron “The Hitman” Dryden has been found guilty of grabbing his ex-girlfriend by the throat, pushing her head into a mirror and slamming her onto the floor after he discovered her at another man’s house in September.
The 22-year-old Mayfield boxer, who won the International Boxing Organisation world youth (under-26) welterweight title in Newcastle in November, faced a hearing in Newcastle Local Court on Monday into allegations of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, common assault and entering a building with intent to commit an indictable offence.
The court was played a video, filmed by Dryden on the day of the assault and posted to Snapchat, a messaging app that records short videos or pictures that are then deleted from the recipient’s phone, the Newcastle Herald reports.
The video, entitled “ex-missus”, shows Dryden outside a man’s house in Mayfield where he says he has discovered “my missus is cheating on me”.
“She’s been lying to me the whole time,” Dryden says on the 10-second video clip.
“Here is her car in front of his house.”
The video clip then cuts to Dryden inside the house after he had found his ex-girlfriend.
She lies on the floor covering her face.
“Here’s my missus cheating on me in the bedroom,” the video continues.
Dryden gave evidence that he was headed to the gym when he spotted his former girlfriend’s car outside a friend’s house in Mayfield.
He called his twin brother, Darkon, and the victim’s brother before filming the Snapchat video.
Dryden told the court the victim’s brother didn’t believe his sister could be cheating on him and wanted proof.
Dryden said he went into the house to confirm his suspicions and denied ever touching his ex-girlfriend.
“I train every day, if I had taken hold of her throat there would be a lot more damage,” Dryden said.
The victim and the man at the house told the court Dryden and his brother barged their way into the home and when Dryden found the victim hiding behind the door he grabbed her by the throat, pushed her head into a mirror and “choke-slammed” her onto the floor, leaving her bruised and concussed.
Magistrate Alan Railton found Dryden guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, citing the injuries suffered to the victim and the discharge report from the Mater Hospital.
The charge of entering a building with intent to commit an indictable offence was dismissed and the back-up charge of common assault was withdrawn.
After he was found guilty, Dryden pleaded guilty to four counts of contravening an apprehended violence order, which related to contacting his ex-girlfriend in the months after the assault.