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Yob knocked out pregnant girlfriend

Alexandra Potts, jailed for just four weeks after admitting knocking unconscious his heavily pregnant girlfriend

Alexandra Potts, jailed for just four weeks after admitting knocking unconscious his heavily pregnant girlfriend

This is the face of vile thug Alexdra Potts who punched his eight and a half months pregnant girlfriend, leaving lying unconscious in the street.

The 19-year-old admitted punching Daryl Jones in the face in St Helens town centre following a heated row on January 20 but was jailed for just four weeks.

St Helens Magistrates’ Court heard how Miss Jones was on her way to meet the defendant’s brother and sister when she bumped into Potts, who was with a group of friends.

Angela Blackmore, prosecuting, told how the pair “got in each other’s faces” but the incident then took a turn for the worse as they reached the junction of Claughton Street and Cotham Street.

Miss Jones told how Potts became really angry and struck her to the face.

The next thing she could remember was being helped up from the ground feeling “dazed and completely out of it” and being taken to hospital.

Potts’ brother and sister, Christopher and Natalie, told how she immediately held her stomach and told them she was scared.

Fortunately, the pregnancy was unaffected by the assault.

Miss Jones described Potts as “a compulsive liar” and said she never thought he would hit a pregnant woman.

In interview, the defendant claimed Miss Jones had been yelling abuse at him and said “I hit her to shut her up”.

He said she had punched him first and claimed he had responded by slapping her in the face.

Potts told officers he felt remorseful about the assault as soon as it happened and ran off because his brother started chasing him.

Rob Haygarth, defending, said his client had been followed by the victim from North Road to the junction of Claughton Street and Cotham Street and deserved credit for his early guilty plea.

But he conceded “this was an incident that just went on and on, and had a very ugly end”.

Mr Haygarth said Potts had no previous convictions for violence and described it as “out of character”.

Magistrates jailed Potts for four weeks.

They told him: “In the cold light of day you will know this was a very serious offence. Your partner was particularly vulnerable because she was pregnant and the assault caused her to lose consciousness.”

 

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