‘I’ll kill unborn baby’

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A MAN pounced on a heavily pregnant woman and tried to rape her as she walked across wasteland in Sheffield, a court heard.

Theodore Ferrigon, aged 24, is alleged to have dragged the woman to the ground, pulled her trousers down, ripped off her bra and tried to have sex with her.

The woman told Sheffield Crown Court when she screamed out she was pregnant, he swore and replied: “I’ll kill you and your baby.”

Ferrigon, of Water Slacks Close, Woodhouse, denies one charge of attempted rape and one of robbing the woman of her mobile phone.

But prosecutor Fiona Swain said blood stains on the lining of the alleged victim’s jacket and a hat found at the scene matched Ferrigon’s DNA.

She said: “The blood is one billion times more likely to be his than if it was from someone else. In other words, it is a match to his DNA.”

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told the jury she was walking across derelict land near Kenninghall Road, Arbourthorne, on November 17, 2003 when she was seven months pregnant.

She passed a man walking in the other direction and looked back to see he had turned and was following her.

“I had an instinct to run but it was too late,” she said. “He grabbed me by my face and pulled me to the ground.”

She told the court he yanked her trousers down before trying to have sex with her. He punched her in the belly, kicked her and tore off her top.

He dragged her towards some woodland at the side of Kenninghall Road, but was scared off by a passing van.

The jury also heard from a couple driving down the street, who said they saw her screaming and crying at the side of the road. They called the police, who took her home before an ambulance took her to the Jessop Wing maternity hospital.

The trial continues.