Man pleads guilty to the attempted murder of woman and her unborn child

23/05/2016

A man who stabbed a pregnant woman in Sutton Coldfield town centre has today pleaded guilty at Birmingham Crown Court to offences of attempted murder and attempted child destruction.

On Friday 4 March 2016 the woman left home and walked to a path behind the church at Trinity Hill, leading to Sutton Coldfield Town centre. As she walked, she heard footsteps behind her at a rapid pace. An arm reached from behind her and grabbed her upper body, she was then repeatedly stabbed to her chest area. As she struggled with her attacker, she managed to break free and fell to the ground.

Whilst she was on the floor her attacker, Babur Raja, 42, continued to stab her with the knife. Two members of the public intervened and pulled the defendant away but the defendant also started to stab them. Although the victim managed to move away from him, Raja pursued her again and attempted to cut her throat.

The defendant, having been again apprehended by members of the public, was detained by police officers at the scene.

Despite suffering life-threatening injuries, both mother and baby survived the attack.

Babur Raja today pleaded guilty to offences of attempted murder and attempted child destruction. He also pleaded guilty to offences of unlawful wounding and assault occasioning actual bodily harm upon the members of the public who intervened, in addition to having an offensive weapon in a public place.

Emily Lenham, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"On 4 March 2016, Babur Raja committed one of the worst acts of violence conceivable. During the brutal and sustained attack, he put in danger the life of the victim and that of her unborn child. But for the brave intervention of members of the public, who put their own lives at risk, the consequences of this incident could have been even more serious than they actually were.

"This was a completely unjustified and unprovoked attack; Babur Raja is clearly an extremely dangerous man.

"These events have had a significant impact on the victims and witnesses both physically and psychologically. I hope these convictions will in some way help them to come to terms with the horrifying events."

Raja will be sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court on 23 June.