Australian man accused of stomping on pregnant wife to cause abortion


Baby and mom’s condition not revealed

By Dave Andrusko

gavel38courtPolice in Melbourne, Australia, told a judge Monday that a 40-year-old man threatened to kill his wife and her teenage son unless she underwent an abortion. The man was refused bail “when a magistrate heard that police had serious concerns for the safety of the woman, who was so frightened of her husband that she refused to enter the courtroom when his case was called,” wrote Adam Cooper for The Age newspaper.

Since 2010, the unidentified man, Cooper writes,

had twice made the woman undergo termination procedures against her wishes, the court heard. The man, from Melbourne’s inner north-western suburbs, is charged with two counts of assault and two counts of making a threat to kill.

Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt said he regarded the alleged conduct as “extremely serious,” and that the man posed a “significant danger” if released from custody.

The health of the mother and the baby was not revealed Monday.

According to Cooper, Senior Constable Graeme Gooding said the man had previously stomped on the woman, intending to cause an abortion, and “then wanted sex to abort the baby.”

Police allege that at one point, the man told his wife, “I am the father, I have the right to have the baby when I want.” Cooper said that police testified that “the man had shown no regard for anyone but himself.”

The man represented himself in court, Cooper writes, and “said he loved children but could not afford to become a father. He denied the allegations against him.”

Klestadt remanded the man to custody. He will return to court on January 22.