UPDATED: The Norwegian and Nordic record holder in the 100- and 200-meter sprints was convicted and sentenced on Thursday for assaulting his former live-in partner. Jaysuma Saidy Ndure, better known as “Jays,” was ordered to serve 75 days in jail but he’s appealing the decision.
News bureau NTB reported that the Nedre Romerike Court dramatically shortened the six-month jail term requested by prosecutors. Ndure’s defense attorney Mette Yvonne Larsen called the ruling a “crushing defeat” for the prosecution that needs to be appealed.
Ndure, age 32, was initially charged with six counts of carrying out violence and making threats against his former live-in partner. She is a 23-year-old model who claimed he had beaten, kicked and pushed her. A forensic medical specialist had testified that marks found around her neck also indicated he had tried to strangle her.
Ndure, dubbed “Norway’s fastest man” after the Gambian-Norwegian was granted citizenship in 2006, has denied the charges, claiming in court he only pushed her on one occasion. The court determined he had “invented” his defense, though, and that prison time was warranted.
Athletic officials said Ndure’s conviction, if it stands, would not have any direct consequences on his athletic career. “This is about a case outside athletics, and there’s no tradition within Norwegian athletics for this type of case to affect those to whom it applies,” Tore Hordnes, president of the national athletics federation, told news bureau NTB. “We can only point to the Northug case (in which professional skier Petter Northug was convicted of drunk driving and served jail time),” Hordnes added. Northug continued to train and resumed competition when the next season began.