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Man jailed for punching pregnant girlfriend in the stomach
7:10am Thursday 31st October 2013 in News
A MAN has been jailed for punching his pregnant girlfriend in the stomach.
Thug Ryan Guntrip, 21, told his partner he wished he had never got her pregnant and hit her.
A medical examination the next day showed the baby had died, but prosecutors could not prove Guntrip was responsible.
He admitted assault by beating when he appeared at Colchester Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday and he was jailed for 16 weeks.
The court heard Guntrip and his partner had argued at her house in Wellesley Road, Clacton, where he was staying, on June 18.
Guntrip lost his temper, told her he wished he had never got her pregnant, punched her in the stomach and put his arms on her shoulders to move her out of the way.
The next morning, the victim noticed she was bleeding and went for tests, which revealed the baby was dead.
The court heard she was in the early stages of pregnancy and medics could not be certain what caused the baby’s death.
District judge John Woollard jailed Guntrip for 16 weeks.
He said: “You have an appalling record of violence.
“I’m not sentencing you for the tragic consequences. The crown has decided it can’t prove what caused it, but you did punch a woman in the stomach when she was expecting a child.”
The judge also made a restraining order, banning Guntrip from contacting the victim, going to the street where she lives or to her grandmother’s house.
Roger Brice, mitigating, said Guntrip wanted closure and said there was no link between this incident and the tragic consequences.
He said Guntrip had been using his time in custody productively.
The court was told Guntrip was out on licence at the time of the incident for a previous domestic assault.
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