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Man alleged to have attacked pregnant woman fails to turn up at court

Co op, Water Eaton Road
Image caption The woman was attacked as she returned to her car from a shop in Water Eaton Road

A man accused of attacking a pregnant Muslim woman who went on to lose her unborn twins was ordered to be arrested after failing to turn up to court.

David Gallacher, 37, was due to appear at Milton Keynes Magistrates' Court to face charges over the alleged assault of Samsam Haji-Ali, 34.

A warrant for his arrest was issued when he did not turn up to the hearing.

Ms Haji-Ali was said to have been attacked outside a Co-op in Bletchley, Buckinghamshire in August 2016.

Mr Gallacher, of no fixed address, was arrested on September 14, and was later charged with assault causing actual bodily harm, assault by beating and two counts of racially or religiously aggravated assault.

He allegedly assaulted both the woman and her husband, Abdullah Sulaiman, 40, in the attack.

A warrant not backed for bail was issued for Mr Gallacher by chair of the bench David Tyler.

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