A man who kicked his pregnant girlfriend in the stomach and told her “you don’t deserve a child,” was today jailed for four and a half years.
James Boyd, 28, inflicted a horrifying catalogue of domestic abuse on five partners over a ten-year period.
Boyd, of Church Place, Fauldhouse, initially told girlfriend Jennifer Mair that he was happy about the forthcoming birth. But after drinking he became abusive and violent towards her, and said he hated her being pregnant.
Ms Mair ended their relationship after the child’s birth in August 2009 over fears for her own safety and the baby’s.
At the High Court in Glasgow, Boyd admitted assaulting Ms Mair between May 2007 and August 2009 by threatening her, shouting and swearing at her, and punching and kicking her. He also admitted violence against four other partners.
Sentencing Boyd yesterday, judge Lord Turnbull said: “You have pleaded guilty to a catalogue of violence against women. The violence was directed against five victims. Over a ten-year period you displayed bullying and domineering behaviour. You have deep-rooted problems in your attitude to women.
“I’m satisfied that in the past you posed a danger to women and unless you change your attitude you will continue to be a danger to women.”
Boyd was ordered to be monitored in the community for two years after his release.
The court heard the abuse came to light when the mother of one of Boyd’s ex-partners contacted police.
The first victim was physically abused by Boyd between July 2003 and May 2004 when she was just 15. On one occasion the couple were watching football with friends when Boyd took her into another room and produced two large knives, telling her: “If I can’t have you nobody can have you.”
Boyd pressed one knife to her neck and the other against her stomach. She was terrified and finally broke up with him shortly before her 16th birthday.
His second victim was just 14 when she started going out with Boyd, who was paranoid she would leave him.
In April 2006 Boyd told her she would never be pregnant by anyone else as they walked near Whitburn Community Centre. He threw her to the ground and began kicking and stamping on her. She suffered bleeding and bruising.
Boyd has 22 previous convictions for assault, racial crimes and breaches of bail.