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Man handed life sentence for attacking girlfriend and killing her unborn baby

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UNITED KINGDOM: A man was sentenced to life in prison for assaulting his girlfriend and killing her unborn child.

Asa Davison, 35, was told he would have to serve a minimum of 12 years in prison before being considered for parole due to his “violent” and “manipulative” personality, which posed a risk to the public, particularly future partners.

Following a trial at Bournemouth Crown Court in November last year, Davison, from Gillingham, was found guilty of child destruction, inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent (GBH), actual bodily harm (ABH), and perverting the course of justice.

At the sentencing hearing on Thursday he represented himself, having dismissed his defence counsel, and told the judge, Johannah Cutts, he was a “peaceful and kind person”.

“You were no knight on a white charger. You are a controlling man who is quick to anger and violence,”

Judge Johannah Cutts.

Judge Cutts said she rejected that statement, as well as evidence he gave during the trial that he only wanted to help and support the victim.

“You were no knight on a white charger. You are a controlling man who is quick to anger and violence, as she discovered at her cost,”

Judge Cutts said.

The court heard how Davison offered the woman a place to stay because he didn’t like how her then-partner treated her. They started dating soon after that.

The woman later discovered she was pregnant with her ex-partner’s child.

Davison’s “resentment simmered” while he was still in a relationship with her, according to the judge.

Davison and the woman, who was seven months pregnant at the time, were in Gillingham town centre on the night of May 29, 2020, when she was caught on CCTV running away from him.

Davison was then seen riding his bike around town looking for her, and he followed her to a block of flats.

“You followed her there, not, I find, to make sure she was all right but to punish her,”

Judge Cutts said.

“In all probability it was in the stairwell of those flats that you assaulted her and she was later found with swelling to her forehead, bruising to her upper arms, a fracture to her eye socket and fractures to her nasal bone.

“But it was not only her that you hurt. There was another victim of your violent and callous offending. Bruising was found to her pregnant abdomen in the shape of a fist. Her baby died as a result.”

Despite Davison’s instructions not to contact her, the woman began living with him again and was discovered naked in a cupboard inside his home on one occasion.

He assaulted his partner again in September of that year. She ran bloodied to a nearby community center, where she was assisted by members of the public and police.

When he was arrested, he went on to pervert the course of justice by making recorded phone calls from prison to her, encouraging her to make a false statement to the police.

Davison had previously been violent to previous partners, including kicking one ex-girlfriend in the stomach while she was pregnant and threatening her with a knife, according to the court. He had also broken the eye sockets of two former partners.

“You, upon whom as her partner she was entitled to rely for love and support, caused her injury on more than one occasion, physical pain and forced her to give birth to a dead child,”

Judge Cutts said.

She said a pre-sentence report had described Davison’s behaviour towards the victim and other ex-partners as “violent, manipulative and grooming in nature”, adding: “I have no hesitation in finding you dangerous.”

Davison walked out of the courtroom where he was appearing via video link after being sentenced to life in prison for child destruction and concurrent sentences of six years, two years, and two years for the remaining counts.

Judge Cutts praised Dorset Police officers Sergeant George Graham, Detective Inspector Neil Third, and Pc Kate Schofield for their work in investigating the “extraordinarily difficult case with a victim who has refused to cooperate with police.”

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