Kent

Man denies bid to murder pregnant wife in car explosion

Victoria Fabian
Image caption Victoria Fabian suffered leg injuries in the blast

A man has denied trying to murder his pregnant wife who was seriously injured in a car explosion in Kent.

Nicholas Fabian, 33, of Highview, Vigo, near Meopham, pleaded not guilty to attempting to murder Victoria Fabian.

At Maidstone Crown Court, he also denied grievous bodily harm with intent against her and causing an explosion likely to endanger life.

The charges relate to an explosion in March in which Mrs Fabian, 32, was injured and a car was destroyed.

She suffered serious leg injuries in the blast but the unborn child was unharmed.

Serving in Afghanistan

Her eight-year-old son, who was also in the car at the time, was taken to hospital as a precaution but released after being kept in for observation.

Mr Fabian has admitted one charge of possessing ammunition without a firearms licence.

Graham Reeds QC told the court the prosecution refused to accept his guilty plea on the basis on which it was offered.

He also said the trial had had to be delayed because some of the witnesses were serving in Afghanistan with the armed forces and the charges Mr Fabian originally faced had been amended.

Mr Fabian was remanded in custody to appear at Maidstone Crown Court for trial on 31 January.

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