Attacker of pregnant girlfriend avoids jail
A man who attacked his pregnant girlfriend before threatening to cut out her unborn child and burn her house down has narrowly escaped being sent to prison.
Lewis Barnes, from Farrington Gardens in Belfast, kicked and punched his 10-weeks pregnant partner during a domestic dispute in the early hours of May 24.
A Crown prosecutor told Belfast Magistrate's Court that after police were called to the incident in the Ormeau area of the city, they discovered an "upset and crying" woman at the scene.
She alleged her ex-partner attacked her before making a threat to "cut out the unborn child and set the house on fire" with white spirits.
Barnes was arrested and during interview he made full and frank admissions.
He subsequently admitted a charge of attacking the woman and causing her actual bodily harm, possessing a knife and making threats to damage property.
Magistrate Fiona Bagnall handed Barnes a five-month sentence, suspended for two years.