Man threatened to cut baby out of pregnant girlfriend
A FATHER-TO-BE who "saw red" and threatened to cut the baby out of his pregnant ex-girlfriend has avoided jail.
Joshua Lewis was given a suspended sentence at Swansea Crown Court, after admitting possession of a bladed article, assault by beating, criminal damage and common assault.
Kevin Jones, prosecuting, told the court that on Saturday, July 6, Lewis, of Llanllienwen Road, Morriston, had gone to the home of his 15-week pregnant girlfriend, Sophie Collier.
"He appeared calm when she opened the door," said Mr Jones. "But then he appeared to see red.
"He immediately pulled a knife from his trouser pocket and brandished that knife towards her."
Lewis, 20, began striking the knife at her face before she disarmed him and threw the knife into a bush outside.
Lewis then pushed 20-year-old Miss Collier before she went to seek help from a neighbour. It was then that she noticed damage to a door of the property.
"As far as she was concerned, he then returned some time later, making threats concerning her family," said Mr Jones. "In the interim, he had attended at her brother's home, Stephen Collier, and made a number of threats.
"He said he was going to have him and smash his face in."
Lewis then pulled a bottle of vodka from behind his back and lifted it up and down as a threat towards Mr Collier, before saying he was going to kill his sister, cut her head off and cut the baby out of her.
A victim impact statement by Miss Collier read to the court said she had been having bad dreams and trouble sleeping. She said she was nervous at night and had spent a day in hospital because of the stress and concerns about the early stage of her pregnancy.
Giles Hayes, mitigating, said his client recognised he had issues with his behaviour while drinking that needed to be dealt with.
The court heard he had planned to go to Paris to join the French Foreign Legion.
Judge Peter Heywood sentenced him to 26 weeks in a young offenders' institution, suspended for 12 months. Lewis was also given a 12 month supervision order to include an alcohol activity requirement. He must also pay an £80 victim surcharge.