Man told pregnant girlfriend she ‘should probably have a miscarriage’ after punching her in stomach

Antrim courthouse

Antrim courthouse

A 20-year-old man who punched his former pregnant girlfriend in the stomach telling her “you should probably have a miscarriage now”, yesterday admitted assaulting her.

However, Richard Joseph Fullerton was cleared of the more serious charge of assaulting her with intent to procure a miscarriage after the prosecution offered no further evidence.

Antrim Crown Court Judge Desmond Marrinan QC told Fullerton that while what happened between them was possibly a mistake, Fullerton had certainly “made a mistake in assaulting a young girl when pregnant, which I take to be a very serious matter”.

 

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