Life sentence for man who attempting to kill his pregnant ex-partner

04/12/2014

A 32-year-old Selly Oak man has today been jailed to life after he pleaded guilty of attempting to murder his pregnant ex-girlfriend in a public car park in the city.

Leon Harrison had been in a relationship with the victim, but she ended this several weeks before he attacked her.

On 1 July 2013, Harrison contacted the victim, who was eight weeks pregnant, and arranged her to meet him in a car park on the Pershore Road in Birmingham.

She arrived in her car and in the back seat was her nine-month-old child. The defendant had also arrived at the meeting point armed with a knife.

He got into the victim's car and an argument quickly developed. Harrison then began to attack the victim and repeatedly stabbed in her chest and abdomen.

On hearing the victim's screams, members of the public ran to her aide and called the emergency services. The defendant fled the scene.

The victim was rushed to a local hospital where they performed emergency open heart surgery on her.

Two days after the attack, Harrison handed himself into the police, and following a medical assessment, he was later charged with attempted murder and having an offensive weapon - offences which he pleaded guilty to.

Sarah Hammond, Head of the West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service's Public Protection Unit, said:

"Leon Harrison was unable to accept the fact that the victim had ended their relationship.

"He made contact with the victim and lured her to a car park for a meeting. He armed himself with a knife, and knowing that the victim was eight weeks pregnant and that in the back of the car was a toddler, he proceeded to launch a brutal attack on his ex-partner in broad daylight in front of the young child.

"The defendant then fled the scene leaving the victim with multiple stab wounds to which she required emergency medical treatment.

"I would like to take this opportunity of encouraging anyone who is a victim of domestic violence, women and men, not to suffer in silence. There are specialist support groups who can assist you to get out of an abusive relationship before it is too late."