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Winchester Crown Court hears former PC repeatedly punched pregnant partner in the stomach
7:49am Wednesday 29th August 2012 in News
A Southampton -based former police officer brutally attacked his pregnant ex-girlfriend because he did not want her to have his baby, a court heard.
Matthew Cherry, 35, is alleged to have barged his way into Caroline Craft's flat in Bournemouth, wearing a balaclava and hooded top, to carry out the attack and try to force a miscarriage.
The 27-year-old, who was six months pregnant at the time, was repeatedly punched in the stomach during the terrifying assault.
Cherry, who worked for Dorset Police at the time, was angry, aggressive and desperate for Miss Craft to have an abortion, Winchester Crown Court heard.
The pair split up after she decided not to have a termination.
Cherry, who lives in Wimpson Lane, Southampton, denies attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent and said he was not the attacker.
Matthew Jewell, prosecuting, said Miss Craft, also a Dorset Police officer, was in her ground-floor flat at around 10am on March 24 last year waiting for an estate agent to call.
In the meantime, the barrister said, a man the prosecution claim was Cherry got into the block by buzzing an intercom of another flat and saying ''police''. Cherry then pretended to be a cleaner using a vacuum cleaner, in what was a planned attack by someone ''forensically aware'', Mr Jewell said.
During the attack the doorbell rang as estate agent Paul Penny turned up. The attacker fled, the jury was told, using a back door - because he knew the layout of the building.
Mr Jewell said: ''He (Mr Penny) saw Caroline bloodied and bruised. She was taken to hospital and although she had extensive bruising and some scratches, she was not seriously harmed. Equally fortunately, her unborn baby was unharmed.''
When arrested Cherry said he had not attacked Miss Craft and was at a house he was renovating in nearby Poole when it happened.