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Footballer Calum Davenport cleared of sister attack

Calum Davenport with wife Zoey and father Curtis
Image caption Calum Davenport left court with his wife Zoey and father Curtis

Former West Ham defender Calum Davenport has been cleared of assaulting his pregnant sister.

The trial at Luton Crown Court was told the 27-year-old had headbutted Cara Davenport and bit her cheek after being told she was pregnant again.

The jury was told the footballer called her a "form of cancer" during a row over how she was going to support the child at her home in Bedford.

Mr Davenport, of Greenfield, Bedford, had denied causing actual bodily harm.

The attack is alleged to have happened at his sister's home on 22 August.

The former Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland footballer was accused of verbally abusing his seven-week pregnant sister before bundling her to the ground.

Following the incident, Miss Davenport's 25-year-old boyfriend Worrell Whitehurst went to the Davenport's mother's home in Kempston.

'Distressing time'

He stabbed Mr Davenport in both legs which severed 90% of one of the main arteries in one leg and he lost half of his blood.

Mr Davenport spent four weeks in hospital and in March his contract with West Ham United was ended by mutual consent.

He has not played a competitive football match since.

Whitehurst has previously admitted grievous bodily harm and will be sentenced now the trial has concluded.

Mr Davenport said in a statement read by his solicitor Shamsun Nahar that he was "pleased" with the jury's verdict.

The statement added: "This has been a particularly distressing time for my family and I hope now that we can put this behind us and I can focus on my career.

"I have nothing further to add and I will not be making any further comments."

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