Pregnant woman needed surgery after being kicked between the legs by Sunderland thug

A brute kicked his pregnant partner between the legs with “full force” and caused agonising injuries to her private parts that required surgery.

Thursday, 29th August 2019, 2:28 pm
Updated Thursday, 29th August 2019, 6:15 pm

The 33-year-old victim, who was five-and-a half months into her pregnancy, said the blow by Anthony Purvis caused pain that “felt like she had been stabbed a thousand times” and made her fear the baby was “coming out”.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the woman’s injury left her needing a operation.

A police officer who saw the victim in hospital said it was “one of the worst injuries she had seen in her police career”.

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Anthony Purvis
Anthony Purvis

The court heard despite initial concerns for the baby, it was unharmed by the attack.

Purvis, 39, who initially told his victim to “sit down and shut up” rang an ambulance before he left the house.

Prosecutor Neil Pallister told the court the attack happened in November last year and police had been alerted by the ambulance crew who arrived at the woman's house in Sunderland.

The court heard during the evening, Purvis, who had taken a mixture of Fosters lager and sleeping pills, had asked the woman to send a text for him but then accused her of going through his phone.

Mr Pallister said: “She described the defendant punched her in the jaw with his right fist.”

The court heard Purvis, who has previous convictions for violence and domestic violence, then “backhanded” the woman across the face after she tried to move their toddler daughter out of the way.

Mr Pallister added: “She then described trying to get away and being kicked in the back of the left leg.

“She went on to say how the defendant kicked her between the legs, full force.

“She said in her statement she felt so much pain it felt like she had been stabbed a thousand times.

“She can remember being in agony due to the pain between her legs and thought that the baby was coming out.”Purvis, of King Henry Court, Sunderland, admitted causing grievous bodily harm.

Judge Sarah Mallett sentenced him to 30 months behind bars.

She added: "Fortunately, no harm was caused to the baby."