Former boxing champion Wadi Camacho ‘cut ex-girlfriend while grabbing iPhone’ in east London

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Wadi Camacho with his commonwealth belt at The O2 Arena, London (PA) (PA Archive)
Wadi Camacho with his commonwealth belt at The O2 Arena, London (PA) (PA Archive)

The ex-girlfriend of a former boxing champion said he accused her of “trying to ruin his life” by getting a court order that banned him from verbally and physically abusing her.

Wadi Camacho, 37, is accused of leaving Louise Mitchell with a cut that took months to heal after grabbing her phone during a row outside his mother’s home in Poplar, east London.

The ex-cruiserweight, who previously held the Commonwealth title, is on trial at the Old Bailey, where he denies assault occasioning actual bodily harm and the theft of Ms Mitchell’s iPhone 6S.

He has also pleaded not guilty to two counts of breaching a non-molestation order by “threatening, intimidating, harassing or verbally abusing” and using violence against Ms Mitchell.

Lawrence Okolie (right) in action against Wadi Camacho during their British and Commonwealth Championship bout at the Copper Box Arena, London (PA) (PA Archive)
Lawrence Okolie (right) in action against Wadi Camacho during their British and Commonwealth Championship bout at the Copper Box Arena, London (PA) (PA Archive)

Jurors were told Camacho was not present at the hearing when the order was made in January 2020, nor at a follow-up one when it was reviewed and kept in place.

But prosecutors said he was aware of its existence, with court documents showing it was meant to have been sent to him.

Among its conditions were two that banned him from using violence or verbal abuse against Ms Mitchell, the court heard.

On Mother’s Day 2020, Ms Mitchell said she had a conversation about the order with Camacho.

Giving evidence from behind a screen on Tuesday, she said: “There was a conversation on Mother’s Day in March. We spoke on the phone and made reference to the order.

“He made a comment about me trying to ruin his life with the order and that was the only conversation we had about it.

“I think he was being difficult.”

Months later, on June 25, Ms Mitchell pulled up in a car outside Camacho’s mother’s home, the court was told.

I could see the rage in his face and I said, 'I don't want to argue'. He went to take my keys out of the ignition and he said, 'You see these keys? You're never getting them back. They're going down the drain'

Louise Mitchell

The former couple usually communicated through his mother or another third party but she had been shielding due to the Covid-19 pandemic, jurors heard.

Ms Mitchell, who had a legitimate reason to be at the address as part of a family arrangement, the court was told, said Camacho went downstairs and confronted her.

He accused her of sending “cheeky messages” after she texted him to say he was “playing happy families” and referenced his new partner, she said.

“We hadn’t really discussed much about his new girlfriend, his new partner,” she added.

“I could see the rage in his face and I said, ‘I don’t want to argue’. He went to take my keys out of the ignition and he said, ‘You see these keys? You’re never getting them back. They’re going down the drain’.”

Asked why she believed Camacho had taken her belongings, Ms Mitchell said: “That’s what he does. He’ll try and take things to inconvenience me.”

Wadi Camacho displays a black eye after losing to China Clarke during the Vacant English Cruiserweight Championship fight at Wembley Arena, London (PA) (PA Archive)
Wadi Camacho displays a black eye after losing to China Clarke during the Vacant English Cruiserweight Championship fight at Wembley Arena, London (PA) (PA Archive)

Jurors were told Camacho accepted in a police interview that he briefly took his ex-partner’s keys but insisted he had not assaulted her or stolen her phone, which she allegedly did not get back.

He is accused of grabbing the mobile when Ms Mitchell used it to call 999 after seeing him grab the keys.

An audio recording of the call was played to the court, with Ms Mitchell heard shouting “go away from me” before the line went dead.

Asked why she had phoned the emergency services, Ms Mitchell said: “Because he took the keys and he was taking my property out of the car.”

Officers attended and spoke with Ms Mitchell and Camacho was arrested three days later, the court heard.

The trial, which is due to last two days, continues.