A jealous boyfriend destroyed his pregnant partner's unborn baby because he resented it being fathered by another man, a court heard.
Asa Davison, from Gillingham, Dorset, attacked victim Isabelle Irish while she was 29 weeks pregnant in order to kill the child, it is alleged.
The 35-year-old is said to have deliberately kicked and punched Miss Irish in the stomach and dragged her along the road.
She was found cowering in a back garden of a house by the homeowner who called the police.
Miss Irish was taken to hospital and a scan detected no fetal heartbeat. She gave birth to her dead baby, who had been perfectly healthy at its 20 week scan.
Davison is charged with the offence of child destruction under the Infant Life Preservation Act (1929).
The victim of the alleged attack Isabelle Irish leaving Bournemouth Crown Court today
The court heard Davison had been in a relationship with Miss Irish for a couple of months and she was already pregnant before they got together.
Sarah Jones, prosecuting, said the defendant felt bitter about the prospect of raising another man's child.
After he was arrested police recovered recordings on his phone to Miss Irish. In one he said that it 'broke (his) heart' that the baby was not his.