Unplanned pregnancies have a way of occurring, but going off the deep end with a solution has one man in some deep trouble. The Guardian reported on Tuesday, Aug. 12, that 23-year old father-to-be Jamie Smith, has been sentenced to seven years in prison for his plans to attack his pregnant paramour in an attempt to cause a miscarriage.
Smith, of Peterborough, and his mistress Jessica Santos, 18, met at an afterschool function in 2011, and started communicating via Facebook. Despite the fact that both parties were in relationships, they decided to meet up sometime before Christmas 2013, and have relations.
After this encounter Santos became pregnant, and confronted Smith with the news. Not wanting the child, Smith demanned that she terminate the pregnancy. Santos refused to abort the baby, and Smith pledged to have nothing to do with the unborn child. But, then decided he would take matters into his own hands.
The brilliant idea was to have his lover attacked in a park with a crowbar and a knife to kill the fetus. Smith recruited two of his friends to help with the attack, Steven Blades, 23, and another unnamed man.
To get away with the plans Cambridgeshire police said Smith planned to stage it as a robbery. Asking the friends to also injure him. Luckily for Santos the unnamed friend did not want to participate, and tipped of the police instead. Blades also tried to pull out of the plans. The attack was scheduled for Feb. 21, but officers were able to intervene and arrested Smith and Blades before the attack.
Detective Constable Vicky Speirs, who was involved with the case, said, "This was a sickening and extremely dangerous plot to cause a young woman to lose her unborn child. It is incomprehensible how anyone would want to carry out such a hurtful and violent act. It was an incredibly selfish act by Smith, who gave no thought as to what effect his actions could potentially have on the victim.
"Given the level of violence they were prepared to use, we could quite easily have been dealing with a murder. Thankfully, one of those men recruited by Smith to carry out his dirty work saw sense and contacted the police, so we could intervene and prevent such a serious incident taking place."
Smith plead not guilty saying that he was not the one who came up with the plan. After a five-day trial he “was charged with conspiring to cause grievous bodily harm” and received seven years in prison. Blades, of Peterborough, on the other hand plead guilty to the same charges and received 12 months due to his attempt to pull out of the planned crime and having been attacked in prison for being a witness in the case.
Mail Online reported that Santos said, “'Part of me wants to believe that he was put up to this by someone, but deep down I know that is not the case.It hurts a lot to know that someone I felt so close to could plan this behind my back, yet so still be so nice to my face. It's just evil.”
The judge in the case, Judge Sean Enright., also gave both men a 10-year restraining order regarding Santos.