Thug who beat up pregnant girlfriend in street is jailed
A THUG who beat up his pregnant girlfriend in the street has been jailed for 18 months.
Christopher Magee left his partner, who was 14 weeks pregnant, dripping with blood.
He only broke off the "disgraceful and violent" attack when he heard police sirens.
She ran for help to a neighbour's house.
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Magee, 27, had been angry after he turned up at his girlfriend's house drunk to find she was not there.
Derby Crown Court heard that, despite the attack, the couple hoped to resume their relationship once Magee was released.
Passing sentence, Recorder Roger Evans said: "You were drunk and or under the influence of drugs at the time and you took it out on a woman who was pregnant with your child.
"The attack was disgraceful and violent. She was a vulnerable victim and it was a sustained and repeated assault. This was a particular bad attack in my judgment."
Prosecutor Alex Wolfson told the court that the couple had been in a relationship for five months at the time of the attack on August 19.
Magee, of Keyhaven Close, Derby, had gone to her flat in Alvaston and sent her a text asking where she was.
The court heard that when the 21-year-old woman arrived home with a friend, he was angry and told her friend to leave. But when Magee's girlfriend said she was going with her friend he "stormed off" and damaged a pane of glass in the hallway, which cost £450 to repair.
When they were all in the street, Magee grabbed his girlfriend around the neck, pulled her along and then slapped her head about five times, said Mr Wolfson. The court heard Magee had continued to hit her, despite a taxi driver and a woman in another car witnessing the attack, which was at 11am.
Magee then said to his girlfriend: "I want to knock you out. I want to kill you."
He then grabbed a bag of shopping from her and flung it on a nearby roof.
Mr Wolfson said: "He then punched her with his fist to her left eye, which knocked her back into a wall."
He punched her about nine times more before grabbing her and throwing her into the middle of the road, before hearing police sirens and walking off, said Mr Wolfson.
"The woman went into a man's back garden for help. She was covered in blood. It was dripping off her on to the floor. She was very upset and disorientated."
Magee admitted assault causing actual bodily harm and criminal damage.
The court heard he had shown "genuine remorse".