The ex-husband of benefits mother-of-13 Cheryl Prudham was chased and beaten during a ‘vicious’ 2am knife ambush which he claimed involved machetes.
Robert Prudham, who fathered six children with reality TV star Cheryl, nicknamed ‘The Queen of Benefits’, was lured into the ambush to discuss a dispute over a car.
But when he arrived at the meeting point Oldham, Greater Manchester, he was confronted by two men who he claimed produced machetes before chasing him down the street, a court heard.
Prudham, 35, tripped and fell to the floor and was then set on by his two attackers, one of who shouted ‘stab him, f***ing stab him’, according to a witness.
He was rescued by his girlfriend, Summer Seddon, but her car windscreen was trashed by the attackers during the incident.
One of his attackers, distant relative, Kieron Ingham, 25, has now been jailed for 28 months after admitting assault occasioning actual bodily harm and criminal damage at Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester.
The ex-husband of benefits mother-of-13 Cheryl Prudham was chased and beaten during a ‘vicious’ 2am knife involving one of his distant relatives, Kieron Ingham (pictured)
Robert Prudham, who fathered six children with reality TV star Cheryl, nicknamed ‘The Queen of Benefits’ (pictured in 2016 with Robert and her children), was lured into the ambush to discuss a dispute over a car
When Prudham (pictured) arrived at the meeting point Oldham, Greater Manchester, he was confronted by two men who he claimed produced machetes before chasing him down the street, a court heard
The court heard how the attack occurred on April 15 after Ingham of Newton Heath, Manchester had demanded a meeting with Prudham at a car park in Oldham following a dispute over a car.
David Lees prosecuting said: ‘They had been in a dispute for some months and this resulted in a fight between the two of them two weeks or so prior to the offence.
‘At approximately 2am Mr Prudham made his way on foot to the car park but as he approached he saw two men pull out what he believed were machetes or large knives from the waistband of their joggers.
‘They began to make threats, stating “get him” and “I’m gonna kill you” and Mr Prudham turned and ran but tripped up, allowing the men to catch him up. They set about him whilst he was on the floor, hitting him to his head and body.
‘Ingham was clearly seen wielding a pole but the other man had a smaller object in his hand, which glinted in the street-lighting and was in fact a knife.
‘An eye witness heard someone aggressively shouting and screaming ‘stab him, f***ing stab him’ – clear evidence that one of the men had a blade.
‘Mr Prudham said he was hit with the machetes, but the majority of his injuries are more consistent with his being hit with a blunt instrument, such as the pole. The exception is the cut to his head which is equally consistent with either version.
‘It may be he has simply assumed the machete or machetes were used because that is what he saw however it is unequivocally the case that the other man had a knife.’
Mr Prudham, who suffered cuts to his head, a broken toe and sprained ankle in the attack, managed to get back to his feet and contact his partner, Ms Seddon, who picked him up in her car.
But the court heard the attacks spotted Mr Prudham and began attacking the vehicle, smashing a windscreen.
Mr Lees said: ‘In fear, she got out of the car and saw the men get into the front seats.
‘However she had taken the keys out and they got back out again. They then got into a taxi.’
In a statement Miss Seddon told police: ‘I was frightened for my life and really thought that these men were going to kill me. They are horrible people.’
The court heard how the attack occurred on April 15 after Ingham, of Newton Heath, Manchester, who is a distant relative of Mr Prudham (pictured with Ingham), had demanded a meeting with him at a car park in Oldham following a dispute over a car
During the attack Prudham managed to call his girlfriend Summer Seddon (pictured with Prudham) who drove to pick him up. When Ms Seddon arrived the attackers then turned on her vehicle, smashing a windscreen
A Lawyer for Ingham (pictured) said his client suffered a significant brain injury as a child and ‘unfortunately carries those problems and difficulties with him into adult life’
Police inquiries revealed Ingham should have been observing a curfew after being arrested for drink driving a week earlier following a 70mph police chase.
He claimed he had no idea his accomplice had a knife.
His lawyer Steven Sullivan said: ‘He suffered a significant brain injury as a child and unfortunately carries those problems and difficulties with him into adult life.
‘He is a young man who, because of his brain injuries is clearly vulnerable, unable to make the right decisions for himself and prey to the influence of other people who are more criminally sophisticated.’
Mr Prudham’s six year marriage to Cheryl floundered when he was jailed for a total of 14 months for theft and fraud in January 2018
But sentencing Judge Tina Landale told Ingham, who also admitted dangerous driving and driving whilst disqualified, that she ‘did not take this into account’.
She said: ‘This was a vicious and unpleasant group attack which was planned and which occurred whilst you were on bail and beaching a curfew during a public health crisis.
‘I do take into account the fact you had a brain injury when you were younger and you are not really aware of the harm you are causing.
‘But you are a very impulsive person who is unable to understand danger and in my judgement that makes you more dangerous to the public.’
Mr Ingham’s accomplice, Ashley Grimes, 23, of Clough Road Manchester, has also pleaded guilty to the offence of causing actual bodily harm, but is subject to a warrant after not attending court.
Mr Prudham had six children with Cheryl from Skelmersdale, Lancs after she had six children by two different men.
But the couple’s six year marriage floundered when he was jailed for a total of 14 months for theft and fraud in January 2018.
Mr Prudham had six children with Cheryl from Skelmersdale, Lancs after she had six children by two different men (pictured: the family together in 2016)
Mr Prudham stole £4,766 from parking machines across south east London and Kent while working as a meter collector.
Mr Prudham only got the job because he lied to a recruitment company, telling them he was of good character and had no previous convictions.
Cheryl also pleaded guilty to her part in the scam.
She was sentenced to four months imprisonment, suspended for two years after admitting handling stolen goods.
Ms Prudham sparked fury in 2015 when she revealed they were pocketing up to £40,000 a year in state handouts during the Channel 5 documentary ‘Benefits: Britains Most Shameless Mum.’
She appeared on ITV’s This Morning to brag of her life of luxury.
In 2016 she appealed for a sperm donor to have a 13th child, which she gave birth to in 2017.