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Pritchard at a show at National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland, Feb. 2008
|Born||Mathew Pryderi Pritchard|
30 March 1973
Mathew Pryderi Pritchard (born 30 March 1973) is a Welsh professional skateboarder, Stunt performer, online Chef and one quarter of the Dirty Sanchez crew, who had their own television programme on MTV and also appeared on Balls of Steel with Michael Locke as the Pain Men.
Pritchard is known as the founder of Dirty Sanchez, along with Lee Dainton, with whom he filmed the skating video "Pritchard vs Dainton", where the two were in competition against each other at skating, as well as hitting and playing pranks on each other, the basis of the Dirty Sanchez programme. Dainton and Pritchard went on to appear on MTV's "Wrecked", which follows a similar format to the "Prichard vs Dainton" video.
Pritchard was also seen on channel four's Balls of Steel with friend and fellow skateboarder Michael "Pancho" Lock. In 2006 Pritchard, Dainton, Locke, and Dan Joyce traveled around the globe doing stunts and pranks that related to the seven deadly sins for Dirty Sanchez: The Movie.
Pritchard was born in Cardiff. He worked for Globe Shoes for six years and later designed his own signature shoe, A Sleep When You're Dead model named after his motto. Pritchard began skateboarding at the age of 15. His first sponsor was City Surf skate shop in Cardiff.
In late May 2015, on a private jet flight from Amsterdam to Nevada for the popular car rally the Gumball 3000, Pritchard got drunk, stripped himself naked and marked his territory on Dolph Lundgren's feet.
On 7 September 2009, Pritchard was attacked with a knife in a supermarket in Toftwood, Norfolk, suffering serious stab wounds to his neck and chest. Police later confirmed that a man in his 40s, Mark Edward Smith, had been arrested on suspicion of the stabbing. Pritchard had been stabbed in the neck when he intervened in a dispute in a shop, a court has heard. Pritchard had asked Smith to show some respect because there were women and children around. He told the jury that he "just grabbed him by the waist and by the arms and pushed him out of the shop. He slashed down my neck. It all happened so quick." The preliminary hearing took place in early December 2009 where Smith pleaded not guilty to the stabbing or having a knife and he stated that he acted in self-defence.
On 18 February 2010 the jury was discharged due to a legal issue with a juror. The judge decided the accused would not get a fair trial with only 11 jurors instead of 12. A decision would have been reached on Friday 19 February had the jury not been discharged. The jury heard that Pritchard described himself as more or less a stuntman and the judge had described the thought of his stunts as "giving him a headache".
On 13 August 2010, Smith was found guilty of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and on 27 August was sentenced to five years custody with time already held in remand to count towards the sentence. He is to serve no less than 1 year and 11 months from the date of sentencing when he will then be eligible for parole.
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