Humberside

Cage fighter jailed for stabbing pregnant ex-girlfriend

Nicholas Leaning Image copyright Humberside Police
Image caption Nicolas Leaning was found not guilty of attempted murder

A cage fighter who stabbed his pregnant ex-girlfriend five times in the stomach has been jailed for 19 years.

Nicholas Leaning, 28, of Torbay Court, Scunthorpe, was convicted of wounding with intent and attempting to destroy the life of a child.

He was cleared by a jury at Hull Crown Court of attempted murder.

Lauren Oliver was seven months pregnant when the attack took place in Belton, North Lincolnshire, on 11 June. She was forced to have an emergency Caesarean.

Ms Oliver's baby was delivered uninjured, Humberside Police confirmed.

Leaning was sentenced to 19 years for the wounding charge and 10 years for the offence of attempting to destroy the life of a child. The sentences will run concurrently.

'Wicked objective'

Passing sentence Judge Jeremy Richardson QC described it as an "exceptionally serious case".

"You intended to kill that child and it is only good fortune that prevented the execution of that truly wicked objective," he said.

Image copyright Lauren Oliver
Image caption Lauren Oliver's baby was delivered by an emergency Caesarean section

The court heard that Leaning, a professional cage fighter, had attacked Ms Oliver after their relationship broke down and she refused to have an abortion.

Judge Richardson said he had "shown no remorse" and presented an "entirely bogus account", claiming in court Ms Oliver had stabbed herself in an act of revenge for him choosing a former partner over her.

"That is arrant nonsense and a cruel assertion to make." said Judge Richardson.

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