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Kill threat: Francis McDonagh kicked his girlfriend in the stomach. Photo: North West Newspix

Kill threat: Francis McDonagh kicked his girlfriend in the stomach. Photo: North West Newspix

Kill threat: Francis McDonagh kicked his girlfriend in the stomach. Photo: North West Newspix

A man who threatened to kick the unborn baby out of a terrified mother-to-be has been jailed for almost three years.

Francis McDonagh appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court, Co Donegal charged with assaulting his pregnant partner.

The court was told how McDonagh kicked the woman and shouted "I'm going to kick it out of you" during a row.

The woman was five months' pregnant at the time of the savage attack in January of this year.

Judge John Aylmer said it was extremely lucky that the accused, of Earlsfort, Buncrana, had not caused serious injury to the woman or her unborn child.

He added that there was no doubt that the attack had also caused psychological harm to the woman.

He placed it on the upper end of the scale and said: "This case involved a serious breach of trust and is of a extremely serious and enduring nature."

During the assault, McDonagh also threatened to kill the woman.

As well as kicking her in the stomach, he also punched her a number of times during the sustained assault.

The court was told that both McDonagh (22) and his partner has serious alcohol and drug issues.

McDonagh had more than 15 previous convictions before coming to court for the offence.

Judge Aylmer sentenced McDonagh to two years, nine months for the brutal assault and backdated the sentence to January 10, when McDonagh went into custody.

Irish Independent