Marcus Rashford’s brother accused punching his girlfriend
According to a Florida police report, the brother of Manchester United player Marcus Rashford accused of striking his girlfriend in the face after stealing her phone for checking texts from another man.
On the early hours of October 20, the football agent and his partner were staying at the Kimpton Angler’s Hotel on Miami Beach when a staff spotted a woman walking through the lobby with a bloodied nose.
When officers arrived outside room 335 they heard a ‘verbal altercation’ between a male and female, whom they identified as 31-year-old Rashford and Andrea Pocrnja, the mother of his 14-month-old child.
According to the report, the duo were returning from trendy Miami nightclub E11even when the England football star’s sibling ‘looked through the victim’s phone and found text messages from her and another male’.
‘The arrestee stated that he pushed the victim while they were in the Uber,’ the report states.
Pocrnja was lying on the bed crying and had ‘visible injuries to her face’, the complaint goes on.
‘The victim stated that the arrestee struck her in the face twice with a closed fist. The arrestee then got out of the Uber and walked away with the victim’s phone.
Once the victim was inside their hotel room, the arrestee entered the hotel room and a verbal argument ensued in regard to the text messages he saw on her phone.
‘The victim was on the phone with the front desk in an attempt to get the Wi-Fi password so that she could disable her phone that the arrestee had at the time.
‘The arrestee assumed that the victim was calling the police and a physical altercation began, which she does not remember specifics of because she was intoxicated.’
The report says that Rashford’s sister, Chantelle Maynard, was babysitting the couple’s toddler and both her and the child were in the hotel room when the bust-up unfolded.
She witnessed her brother becoming irate, kicking a closet door and causing visible damage.
But ‘the witness stated that she did not see the arrestee strike the victim at any point,’ the complaint says.
Rashford was taken to jail at 3:30am while Pocrnja – who has been dating Rashford for four years and shares a home with him in Wilmslow, just outside Manchester, northwest England – was taken to another hotel room because she felt ‘unsafe.’
The complaint adds that her injuries were photographed by police and she was treated by a first responder. There is no mention of her being taken to the hospital.
Rashford was released on a $1,500 cash bond. He was ordered to have no contact with his alleged victim.
He submitted a written plea of not guilty to battery misdemeanor and is due in court for an arraignment on November 27.
According to Miami-Dade County police records, Dane’s bond was paid by Chantelle Maynard a week after his arrest.
He was also issued a pre-trial ‘stay-away’ order – which prohibits contact with the alleged victim.
Daysi Vega-Mendez, the assistant state prosecutor for Miami-Dade County, told The Telegraph that they weren’t sure whether Dane was still in the United States.
‘The case is still active, at the moment I haven’t been able to get hold of the victim,’ they said. ‘Our office is trying to get hold of the UK Embassy because we need permission to speak to the victim.
‘I am not sure whether they are still in the United States or if they have left the country. I understand they were on vacation. Technically once you are charged you are not supposed to leave the country. When a person is given a bond if they leave, they surrender that bond.
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