UCLan Student Jailed After Strangling Pregnant Woman

Irha Acedo - Reporter

Connor Ward, aged 29 of Moor Lane, Preston, punched a pregnant woman in the abdomen and proceeded to strangle her until she couldn’t breathe.

Ward had been out with the victim that evening and had flown into a jealous fit when she was naked in bed. He then pinned her down and cuffed her throat, squeezing until she couldn’t breath.

During the attack, he repeatedly called her names and uttered: “You deserve to die.”

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, fought her attacker and managed to kick him to the floor at Moor Lane student halls. Naked, she picked up her coat and fled to a neighbour for help.

The pregnant woman sustained injuries to her throat but the baby remained unharmed.

Ward, who was studying music production at the University of Central Lancashire, denied the attack. He was charged with attempted grievous bodily harm following a trail at Preston Crown Court.

Judge Robert Altham said that he took into account Ward’s serious health problems and accepted that he is a kind and caring man to his fiancée.

He also said: “To punch a pregnant woman in her abdomen is a particularly callous thing to do, but that was not the most serious part of the assault. You placed your hand and you squeezed. She was and must have been absolutely terrified as that happened.”

Ward was sentenced for five years in prison as well as a restraining order, banning him of being within 200 meters from the victim.

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