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'Evil' Man Plotted To Kill Lover's Unborn Baby
A man has been jailed for a "sickening" plot to have his pregnant lover attacked to kill their unborn child.
Jamie Smith, 23, hatched the plan with two friends after learning Jessica Santos had become pregnant while they were having an affair.
He recruited Steven Blades and another man to carry out a vicious assault with a crowbar and a knife, after deciding he did not want the child.
His plan was to lure her to a secluded park in Peterborough under the pretence of discussing the pregnancy.
Smith, of Athena Close, Stanground, Peterborough, planned to make it look like a robbery and would also be injured during the attack, Cambridgeshire Police said.
But the third man decided he did not want to get involved and alerted the police.
Officers arrested Smith and Blades shortly before the planned assault was due to happen on February 21.
Outside court, Ms Santos, who is due to give birth next month, said: "Part of me wants to believe that he was put up to this by someone, but deep down I know that is not the case.
"It hurts a lot to know that someone I felt so close to could plan this behind my back, yet still be so nice to my face. It's just evil.
"Nobody has the right to say whether someone, especially a baby, should live or die. If Jamie did not want to get involved with the baby, he didn't have to and he knew this.
"This makes what he arranged even harder to understand.
"When my child is old enough, I will tell them about this and let them decide if they want a relationship with Jamie - until then I will do everything I need to do to protect my child."
Detective Constable Vicky Speirs said: "This was a sickening and extremely dangerous plot to cause a young woman to lose her unborn child.
"It is incomprehensible how anyone would want to carry out such a hurtful and violent act.
"It was an incredibly selfish act by Smith who gave no thought as to what effect his actions could potentially have on the victim.
"Given the level of violence they were prepared to use, we could quite easily have been dealing with a murder."
Blades, 23, of Wells Court, Peterborough, pleaded guilty to conspiring to cause grievous bodily harm.
Smith denied the charge, claiming others had come up with the plan.
But he was convicted following a five-day trial at Peterborough Crown Court. Smith was jailed for seven years and Blades for 12 months, the force said.
They were each given a 10-year restraining order against the victim.