A man who plotted to have his pregnant lover beaten up in order to get rid of their unborn child has been jailed.
Jamie Smith, 23, of Athena Close, Stanground, Peterborough, came up with the plan with two friends after learning the woman had become pregnant during their affair.
Not wanting the child, he recruited Steven Blades and another man to carry out a vicious assault with a crowbar and a knife after luring her to a secluded park in Peterborough under the pretence of discussing the pregnancy.
He planned to make it look like a robbery and would also be injured during the attack. The knife would be used to threaten the pair, before both were assaulted.
But the other man did not want to get involved, so alerted police.
Due to quick intervention by the police Blades and Smith were arrested on the day the attack was arranged to take place â€“ 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 BladesÂ 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.