A MAN has been jailed for beating up his partner when she was 29 weeks pregnant.
Drunken David Coope, aged 26, attacked Claire Walker - punching her, knocking her over and sitting on her stomach when she was sprawled on the floor.
Stephanie Hollis, prosecuting at Sheffield Crown Court, said Coope punched his girlfriend five times and hit her mum, Susan Walker, when she intervened.
She said Claire Walker was left fearing for her baby because she did not feel it move afterwards - a scan later revealed the child, due this week, had survived.
She said the couple were homeless at the time of the attack and living with Claire’s mother.
Coope - described as a ‘heavy drinker‘ - had returned to the house drunk after leaving with a large bottle of cider and started arguing with Claire Walker.
She said Coope ‘pushed’ Claire Walker across the dining room of the house in Barnsley and ‘without warning’ threw two punches.
Ms Hollis said: “Susan Walker entered and described a ‘frenzied attack’ on her daughter.”
She said the mother was punched and pushed onto the floor when she tried to intervene.
Ms Hollis said: “Claire Walker had not felt the child kicking afterwards, but a scan showed the pregnancy was proceeding well.”
In his police interview, Coope claimed his partner had epilepsy and could have sustained her injuries during a fit, but later admitted assault causing actual bodily harm and common assault.
Jack Danaher, for Coope, said: “He and his partner were living with her mother - he did not get on with her and there were tensions that led to the offence. He has expressed remorse.”
Coope, now of Bradford, was jailed for 18 weeks for actual actual bodily harm and two weeks for the common assault.
Judge Jeremy Baker QC said the ‘violent nature of the attack’ and the fact the victim was pregnant meant only jail could be justified.