Trio who tried to make pregnant teen miscarry plead guilty to crimes
Three people who beat a pregnant teenager and forced blue laundry detergent down her mouth in order to trigger a miscarriage have pleaded guilty to their crimes.
Harief Pearson, 22, his cousin Kydie McKenna, 22, and their 16-year-old accomplice attacked the young victim and kept her hostage for hours in an attempt to abort her unborn baby.
The two girls punched, stamped and kicked the victim on her stomach, back and chest. They also ripped off one of her nails and poured alcohol over her bloodied face. During the attack Pearson told the victim who was 17 at the time, 'that it didn’t have to be like this'.
Before the attack, evidence from Pearson's phone showed that he had searched 'how to get rid of an unwanted pregnancy' and 'what can heroin do to an unborn baby'.
Part-way through the violence Pearson also told his co-defendants 'I don’t think it's dead yet, continue' before leaving the room during the assault at his home in Harlesden on 12 December 2018.
Pearson pleaded guilty to attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent and perverting the course of justice mid-way through his trial at Harrow Crown Court on Thursday, 6 June, after his 16-year-old co-defendant pleaded guilty to attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent, administering poison with intent to procure a miscarriage and false imprisonment.
She had previously pleaded guilty to theft. McKenna pleaded guilty to attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent and perverting the course of justice at a hearing at Harrow Crown Court on 10 May.
Luisa Stuart, from the CPS, said: "This was a vicious, shameful and pre-meditated attack on a vulnerable young pregnant victim. It was orchestrated by Pearson because he did not want to be a father.
"He only asked his co-defendants to stop attacking the victim when he feared his mother was coming home. He and McKenna then made threats in an attempt to stop the victim from telling the police what had happened.
"I hope these convictions provide some level of comfort to the victim who has shown immense bravery throughout this investigation and trial. The CPS takes allegations of violence extremely seriously and will prosecute perpetrators where there is sufficient evidence to do so."
The defendants will be sentenced on 5 July at Harrow Crown Court.
Notes to editors
- Harief Pearson [DOB: 03/05/1997] is from Harlesden in the London borough of Brent. Additional charges of administering poison with intent to procure miscarriage, false imprisonment and theft are to lie on file.
- Kydie McKenna [DOB 04/09/1996] is from Park Royal in the London borough of Ealing. Additional charges of administering poison with intent to procure miscarriage and false imprisonment are to lie on file.
- The 16-year-old youth defendant is from the London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. She was 15 at the time of the offence.
- Luisa Stuart is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for the crown court unit in CPS London North.