A student who wanted his girfriend to have an abortion attacked her in her own flat when she refused.
But despite the callous nature of the assault, Vimal Mistry, who is in the first year of a quantity surveying degree course, has not been jailed.
Mistry, 23, of Bath Street, Rugby, had pleaded guilty to assaulting the 19-year-old in December last year when she was eight weeks pregnant, causing actual bodily harm.
And at Warwick Crown Court he was sentenced to 45 weeks in prison suspended for two years and ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work and to pay his victime £1,000 compensation.
Prosecutor John Butterfield said the couple had been in a relationship for around two-and-a-half years. But he pointed out: “She is white. He is Asian, and had never told his parents about the relationship because he feared they would disapprove.”
There was a controlling element to the relationship which became worse after she became pregnant. Mistry made it clear he did not want the child and did not want her to have it. She did, which led to arguments.”
At the end of last December Mistry turned up at her flat wearing an open-face balaclava and carrying a metal bar with a bolt through one end.
“He attacked her to the head from behind. She turned to walk him into the flat, and he attacked her from behind,” Mr Butterfield said.
Mistry struck her once before putting his hand over her mouth to stop her screaming.
In a statement the victim said she felt ‘destroyed’ that she had been subjected to such an ordeal by someone she loved.
Andrew Tucker, defending, said the attack was out of character for Mistry, who had no previous convictions, at a time when he was caught between two cultures.
Recorder Christopher Tickle gave Mistry ‘some credit’ for his guilty plea, but not the maximum amount because of an untrue basis of plea which had resulted in Stephanie having to attend court to give evidence.