A malicious man who plotted to have his pregnant lover beaten in order to kill their unborn baby has been jailed.
Jamie Smith aged 23 of Athena Close, Stanground, Peterborough, plotted with two friends after the woman he had had an affair with fell pregnant.
Smith recruited two men one named Steven Blades as he did not want the child. he came up with a plan to have the unborn baby murdered in a vicious assault with a crow bar and knife luring her to a secluded park, planning to discuss the pregnancy.
Smith planned to make it look as if she had been a victim of a robbery, smith would also become injured during the knife point attack which the the pair would be threatened and attacked.
The second man he recruited did not want any of it and alerted police, police quickly arrested two men Blades and Smith on the day of the scheduled attack on February 21.
Blades, 23, of Wells Court, Peterborough, pleaded guilty to conspiring to cause grievous bodily harm, but Smith denied the charge, claiming others had come up with the plan.
However, he was convicted unanimously following a five-day trial at Peterborough Crown Court.
Sentencing today (Tuesday August 12) Smith was jailed for seven years and Blades for 12 months. They were both given a 10 year restraining order against the victim.
Detective Constable Vicky Speirs, who investigated, 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.