Stevenage man jailed for attacking pregnant partner

A MAN has been jailed after attacking his pregnant partner.

Benjamin Stutley was sentenced to 14 months in prison for causing actual bodily harm to his partner of five years.

Stutley, 36, of Granby Road, Stevenage, was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of �100 when sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court, following the incident in October 2012.

The victim, from Stevenage, was nine weeks pregnant when attacked but the baby survived. She asked not to be identified.

Speaking after the case, detective constable Mark Dunford from Hertfordshire Constabulary said: “Firstly I would like to thank the victim for her bravery in speaking to police. In cases of domestic violence it is not always easy for a victim to come forward and support a case through the courts, but this victim did and I hope it will encourage others to do so.

“There is a lot of support for victims of domestic violence and I can reassure you that you will be taken seriously and treated with sensitivity if you make a report.”

Those affected or concerned by domestic abuse can call the Hertfordshire Domestic Abuse Helpline on 08088 088 088.