Man jailed for punching pregnant ex-girl friend to abort

September 7th, 2012 - 11:50 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Sep 7 (IANS) A former British policeman has been jailed for 10 years for punching his pregnant ex-girlfriend last year to attempt a miscarriage.

Matthew Cherry, 35, used a balaclava and a fake foreign accent to launch the “savage attack” at Caroline Craft’s ground-floor flat in Bournemouth, Dorset. He punched her in the stomach and back, targeting her unborn child and leaving her “bloodied and bruised” after the attack, the Daily Mail reported.

But, surprisingly, Craft was not seriously harmed and went on to deliver a boy, who is today over a year and three months old.

Cherry was agitated and upset that Craft, 27, also a police officer, would not have an abortion and the pair split up, the Winchester Crown Court heard.

In court, Cherry declined having attempted to cause grievous bodily harm with intent in last March in the ‘well-planned’ attack.

The jury, however, convicted him while rejecting his claim of not being the attacker and instead being several miles away renovating a house.

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