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Man who attempted to murder pregnant partner jailed for 18 years

By Matthew Cooper

A man jailed for attempting to murder his pregnant partner after repeatedly stabbing her in the street had been forced to choose between his Muslim mother's faith and the "love of his life", a court heard yesterday.

Babur Raja (41), who also admitted attempted child destruction, possession of a knife in and the wounding and assault of two passers-by in Sutton Coldfield's town centre on March 4, was jailed for 18 years after a hearing at Birmingham Crown Court.

Raja's barrister said his conservative Muslim mother "literally drove him mad" in the run-up to the attack by forcing him to choose between her love and that of his partner, Natalie Queiroz.

Jane Humphryes QC said the family turmoil "tipped him over the edge" leading to a temporary mental illness, leaving him with little memory of his actions.

She added: "His mother had not been happy he was in a relationship with a white woman, and told him he must leave her or she would not be in contact."

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