Drunk punched and kneed girlfriend in stomach after learning she was pregnant

A violent drunk who carried out a sick attack on his pregnant girlfriend and focused particularly on her stomach has been jailed.

Alex Burgoyne, 26, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and common assault on a police officer when he appeared at Truro Crown Court on February 25.

On the morning of January 31, Burgoyne, who was "heavily intoxicated", had an argument with his girlfriend at her flat and police were called, reported Cornwall Live .

He was asked to leave but went back after the police left and knocked on the door.

Prosecutor Nick Lewin said: “She opened the door, and at that stage was immediately subjected to a catalogue of violence. He was clearly heavily intoxicated, a state she had seen him in many times before.

“In the living room he became verbally abusive, and she asked him to leave. He pushed her and knelt down on her, grabbed her by the throat and began squeezing tightly, leaving bruising and scratches.”

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Burgoyne then and punched her several times, causing injury to several parts of her face and “significant” pain.

Mr Lewin added: “Of particular concern in this case, Mr Burgoyne seemed to focus his attention on [the woman’s] stomach and punched her hard, twice to the stomach, and kneed her stomach three or four times.

“She believed that was as a result of her having informed him earlier that she had found herself pregnant.

“She was screaming out for him to leave. She was thereafter able to escape and flee the scene to a neighbour, and police were called.”

He then locked himself in and told police he had a knife.

A police officer was subjected to repeated threats, Burgoyne said: “I’ll stab any one of you who tries to come in here, f***ing come on then.”

The verbal threats to the police officer formed the common assault charge.

“Mr Burgoyne was seen to be holding the knife to his own throat and negotiators engaged with him and successfully managed to get him to disarm himself," Mr Lewin said.

“It was a sustained assault, including use of the knee as a weapon, and deliberate targeting of a vulnerable victim.”

Thankfully the unnamed woman only suffered superficial wounds.

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In her victim impact statement, she was “sick and tired” of Burgoyne’s behaviour towards her, and that she wanted nothing more to do with him.

Burgoyne has convictions for battery, drink related offices, possession of a knife and imitation firearms, criminal damage, public order offences and robbery going back to 2012, the court was told.

A probation officer told Judge Linford that Burgoyne and the woman had been together for two years when he attack took place and showed little remorse.

Defending, Katie Churcher said Burgoyne had been alcohol free since his arrest and his previous offences were mostly done in is teens.

Sentencing Burgoyne, Judge Linford told him: “You’ve got a terrible record. Following some kind of domestic dispute you returned to her house, and there launched an attack upon her, punching her hard and repeatedly.

“You then focused your attention on her stomach, having been apparently told that she was pregnant.

“I have seen photos which are testament to the savage nature of the attack you launched upon her.

“It was violence far too serious for anything other than an immediate custodial sentence to be passed.

“Police were called, and you made a number of threats to officers. It was aggravated by the fact you were drunk in her own home, and a protracted offence.”

He was sentenced to 13 months in prison and given a five-year restraining order from contacting the victim.

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