Held knife to throat of pregnant ex and hit her in stomach

Nottingham Crown COurt.
Nottingham Crown COurt.

A man punched his pregnant ex-girlfriend in the stomach and held a knife to her throat at her home in Eastwood after claiming the baby was not his, a court heard.

Jake Stanton said, “I want it dead” and punched and kicked the expectant mum repeatedly.

He left her scratched and bruised in November, Nottingham Crown Court was told.

Then he returned to her house by climbing in through a bathroom window and attacked her in her nightie last December.

He grabbed her around her throat and punched her face.

Lisa Hardy, prosecuting, said Stanton got hold of the woman’s phone and sent a rude message to one of her friends.

She managed to ring her mother who called police before going to her daughter’s home.

“She saw her daughter looking distressed with a swollen cheek and lip and her nightie ripped around the neckline,” said Miss Hardy.

“She still had injuries from the November incident.”

Stanton, 20, of Kilbourne Road, Belper, was arrested and charged with assaulting her, four breaches of a restraining order and breaching bail.

At court, he pleaded guilty and received a total sentence of 17 months in custody.

Judge Andrew Hamilton told Stanton: “You were made subject to a restraining order. It was made clear to you you were not to contact your former partner.”

The order had been imposed on October 2 last year to stop him contacting his former partner or going to her Eastwood address after he twice previously assaulted her.

Magistrates had given him 22 weeks in youth custody but he was released the following day after serving time on remand.

Despite being banned from getting in touch with his former girlfriend, he repeatedly breached it and assaulted her.

Miss Hardy said the defendant told police his former partner was eight weeks pregnant with his child and that he had been at her address numerous times.

“They went Christmas shopping together and had been to his mum’s house and hers,” said Miss Hardy.

Digby Johnson, mitigating, said his client knew he had done wrong.

The couple’s relationship has ended and she has moved to a new address unknown to Stanton.

“He is glad it is all over,” added Mr Johnson.