A violent man who beat his pregnant girlfriend with a walking stick and threatened to “kick the baby” out of her has been jailed.

Adrian Dennis, 39, arrived at his girlfriend’s north-London flat on November 22 last year and flew into a rage when she was not there, and wasn’t responding to his texts.

His eight-weeks pregnant girlfriend then arrived home a short time later, where Dennis beat her repeatedly with a walking stick, causing fractures to her legs.

He then spent 12 hours preventing her from seeking medical attention, demanding that she lie to her neighbours about what had happened.

In the following weeks, Wood Green Crown Court heard, Dennis sent her a barrage of threatening message, including one in which he said he would “kick the baby out of her”.

His victim then confided in her foster parents over Christmas about the attack and finally contacted the police.

Dennis, from Islington, north London, was arrested in January and charged with assault before pleading guilty at the last moment to one count of causing grievous bodily harm.

Yesterday (wed), Dennis was jailed for four-and-a-half years for the attack and slapped with a restraining order preventing him contacting the victim.

DC Mark Longley from Hackney Community Safety Unit was the officer in charge of the investigation.

He said: “Dennis attacked his girlfriend in her own home with a weapon. She was pregnant with his child and unable to defend herself.

“It was a vicious assault which caused an appalling injury. He then left her in agony for some 12 hours as he prevented her obtaining medical assistance.

“It was only weeks later – with the encouragement and support of her foster family – that she felt able to report the matter to the police and this set in motion the investigation which has concluded this afternoon.

“I am pleased to say that the victim has physically recovered and that her unborn child was unharmed during the incident.

“This child is due in several weeks and I wish the mother well as she begins a new chapter of her life.

“Dennis has been rightly sentenced to a custodial sentence which should protect both the victim and other women from his abuse for the next few years.”

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