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18-year-old jailed for attempting to abort girlfriend's baby

AS a young girl lay on the ground of a Mount Morgan park, she feared not only for her life but the life of her unborn child.

"If you don't want the baby and I can't have it, then no one's going to have it," her boyriend said as he towered over her.

The 16-year-old man pushed hard on her stomach with both hands.

Frightened she would only make the man more angry if she fought back, the 14-year-old was defenceless.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to charges of attempting to procure an abortion and carnal knowledge in the Children's Court of Rockhampton on Friday.

The court heard the defendant, now 18, and his girlfriend got into an argument on October 4, 2011, because she wanted to move out of his aunty's home where the two had been living.

Crown prosecutor Russell Hood told the court the girl suffered bruising to her face and arm as a result of the assault, during which the defendant bit and punched the girl.

She also had a blood clot on her placenta which required urgent medical attention, but the baby survived.

The defendant and his 20-year-old brother also pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton District Court to assault charges relating to a separate incident, which invoved the two men beating a complainant with a baseball bat and metal bar on or about September 17, 2011.

Mr Hood said the defendant did not express any remorse over either matter when he was interviewed by police.

"He had minimal insight into how his actions may have affected the complainant (his girlfriend) and his unborn child," Mr Hood said.

Defence lawyer Ross LoMonaco said his client was the product of a dysfunctional upbringing.

Mr LoMonaco said the defendant was in a "high emotional state" at the time he attacked his girlfriend.

The man was sentenced to two-and-a-half years detention to be served in an adult correctional facility, while his brother was given three years' jail with a parole elgibility date set at July 8, this year

Topics:  abortion assualt rockhampton courthouse



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