Woman who was kicked in her stomach on Valentine's tells the court how she lost ...

Woman who was kicked in her stomach on Valentine's tells the court how she lost ...
Woman who was kicked in her stomach on Valentine's tells the court how she lost ...

A woman who lost her baby after she was kicked in the stomach outside a Dartmouth pub on Valentine's Day last year broke down as she told police of her ordeal, Plymouth Crown Court heard on Tuesday. 

Roger Bygrave, 37, is on trial for the attack in which he smashed his foot into the woman's lower abdomen, an act which he denies doing deliberately and instead claims was in self-defence. 

Plymouth Crown Court heard that she was taken to hospital where hours later her daughter was delivered stillborn at 28 weeks via an emergency caesarean.

The jury on Tuesday was shown a recording of the interview she gave police just days after the attack, in which she discussed the horrendous incident through tears and said: 'I know that they said that my daughter's time of birth was at the same time as her time of death.'

The 34-year-old woman told the jury on Tuesday that she had tried not to think about the incident on Valentine's Day last year, and described the moment Bygrave's foot connected with her pregnant belly as 'excruciating'.

Roger Bygrave, 37, is on trial for the attack in which he smashed his foot into the woman's lower abdomen, an act which he denies doing deliberately and instead claims was in self-defence

Roger Bygrave, 37, is on trial for the attack in which he smashed his foot into the woman's lower abdomen, an act which he denies doing deliberately and instead claims was in self-defence

The 34-year-old said: 'I have put it to the back of my head and have just tried to get through each day as it comes.' 

Ann Temperton, who was working in the bar that night, said that Bygrave kicked the heavily-pregnant woman as if 'he was kicking in a door.' 

Bygrave, of Townstal Road, Dartmouth, has pleaded not guilty to child destruction in the incident outside Market House Inn and denied wilfully kicking the pregnant woman to her lower abdomen with intent to destroy the life of a child capable of being born alive.  

He also pleaded not guilty to assaulting her causing grievous bodily harm with intent on the evening of Valentine's Day last year, arguing that he lashed out in self-defence because he thought he was being attacked.   

Bygrave, of Townstal Road, Dartmouth, has pleaded not guilty to child destruction in the incident outside Market House Inn and also to assault causing grievous bodily harm with intent

Bygrave, of Townstal Road, Dartmouth, has pleaded not guilty to child destruction in the incident outside Market House Inn and also to assault causing grievous bodily harm with intent

The court heard that a commotion began around 10.45pm on February 14 2020 after the woman went to calm down a situation involving Bygrave and several other people who appeared to be arguing outside the pub.

Bygrave had reportedly broken pub rules by taking

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