Leeds man jailed for attack on pregnant partner

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A MAN who punched his pregnant girlfriend to the floor before kicking her in a drunken attack has been jailed for three months.

Phillip McDermott carried out the attack on his partner after they rowed and she told him their relationship was over.

Leeds Crown Court heard McDermott turned violent as he was collecting his things from the victim’s home after she asked him to leave.

McDermott turned to the woman and said: “Before I go I will leave you with this.”

He then punched in the face and kicked her when she was on the ground.

The court heard the attack happened on January 18 this year.

Nigel Wray, prosecuting, said the couple argued after McDermott awoke the victim as he was rowing with his friend during a mobile phone conversation.

McDermott, 25, of Hopewell Mews, Rothwell, pleaded guilty to common assault.

The court heard he has three previous convictions for offences of violence and has served two prison sentences

Stuart Field, mitigating, said the victim had now given birth and there was no injury caused to the baby.

Mr Field said McDermott had been in a relationship with the woman for about 12 months but they were no longer together as a result of the attack.

The lawyer said McDermott had pleaded guilty to the offence at an early stage and had been in prison on remand since the offence. Mr Field added that McDermott accepted that his behaviour had been unacceptable.

Jailing him, judge Guy Kearl, QC, said: “She fell to the ground and you kicked her in the stomach. At the time she was pregnant. Fortunately the baby was unharmed.

“The victim in this case was particularly vulnerable,”