Torrington scaffolder tells pregnant sister “I hope the baby dies”
AN out of work scaffolder who assaulted his pregnant sister and told her he "hoped the baby died" because he disliked her boyfriend has been given a curfew and restraining order.
North Devon Magistrates' Court heard how Robert Sean Alway, 24, of Flat 3, Great British School Buildings, Torrington, assaulted his sister on November 22 last year at her home in Torrington.
Karen Ball, for the prosecution, told the court how Always "has had problems with all his sister's boyfriends since she turned 18" when he appeared in court on Friday for sentencing, having pleaded guilty to assault in December last year.
She said he had been to his sister's house to collect a video game when he became angry with his 15-week-pregnant sister.
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"He grabbed her by the back of the neck," Mrs Ball said, "pushed her onto the sofa and then to the ground before shouting at her 'I hope the baby dies' and telling her to 'stop popping out *****y children'."
Mrs Ball also said it was alleged the victim banged her abdomen on a coffee table, although Alway denied that in his basis of plea.
Jen Law, for the defence, said her client had a drug habit in the past but this was now under control.
She also said he hoped to get back into scaffolding and had been upset when he missed out on a family Christmas because of his bail conditions.
Presiding magistrate Paul Cooper sentenced Alway to a six month curfew, a two year restraining order, and ordered him to pay a £60 victim surcharge, but was interrupted by Alway, who blurted out: "There's a lot more to this story than anyone in this court room even knows".
He was silenced when Miss Law turned to tell him to be quiet and Mr Robins was able to finish sentencing him.