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JAILED: Teenage thug savagely attacked pregnant girlfriend

By John Scott | Crime | Published:

A teenage thug, whose girlfriend lost their child after being savagely attacked by him when she revealed she was expecting, has been locked up.

Wolverhampton Crown Court where the case was heard

Michael Hurditt pounced immediately after the news was broken following an enjoyable afternoon in a park together during which he had said he loved her, Wolverhampton Crown Court heard.

The 19-year-old put the victim in a headlock and threw her to the ground before kneeling on her stomach on August 22 last year.

He hit her repeatedly and dug his knees into her, she told police. He reportedly shouted: “I am not having a child with you.”

The woman had a miscarriage but there was no medical evidence of a direct link between the attack and the loss of the baby, the court heard.

The couple’s relationship was punctuated by violence from the defendant, revealed Mr Patrick Kelly, prosecuting.

He was asked to leave her home in July but continued to call at the address.

He tried to push her face down onto hot cooker rings while warning ‘I can make it so no other man looks at you’, continued Mr Kelly.

Hurditt gave up and threw her to the floor after she screamed at him to stop.

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On another occasion he grabbed a kitchen knife, held it to her throat and warned she had until September 1 to get £100 for him.

He returned the day after the deadline expired, forced the woman into a pair of children’s handcuffs, held her in a choke hold and drove her towards the cooker again.

She feigned a collapse and police were alerted.

The victim, who had not reported the earlier incidents, told officers: “I thought I was going to die. I am utterly terrified of him.”

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Mr Oliver Woolhouse, defending, said: “He is young, isolated and troubled.”

The defendant had lived with his father in Wrens Nest Road, Dudley, but is now of no fixed address.

He admitted assault and putting a person in fear of violence by harassment, was given three years nine months detention in a Young Offenders Institution and banned from contact with the victim.

John Scott

By John Scott
Reporter/News Feature Writer

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