Sunderland thug kicked pregnant partner between the legs leaving her fearing she was giving birth ea
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A cruel thug left his pregnant partner fearing that she was giving birth early by kicking her between the legs "at full force".
Drunken Anthony Purvis attacked his girlfriend at her home last year when a row broke out about text messages.
The victim, who was 24 weeks pregnant at the time, was left needing surgery after the brutal attack and said she "felt like she had been stabbed a thousand times".
Now Purvis, 39, has been locked up for more than two years after pleading guilty to assault causing grievous bodily harm.
Newcastle Crown Court heard that Purvis and the woman had known each other for about 20 years, and had been in a relationship for three years.
At the time of the incident the pair were expecting their second child together but lived at separate addresses.
Prosecutor Neil Pallister said Purvis, of King Henry Court, Sunderland, had previous convictions for violence against ex-partners.
The court heard that on November 21 last year, Purvis was at the woman's house and had consumed three cans of lager.
Mr Pallister said the complainant described Purvis as "taking sleeping tablets he would mix with alcohol" and said that he was "slurring his words".
The couple got into an argument when Purvis asked his partner if she would text a neighbour from his mobile telephone, before accusing her of going through his messages.
The court heard Purvis then punched the woman in the jaw using his right fist.
When she tried to move their child out of the way, Purvis said "don’t try and keep me away from my daughter" and "backhanded" his parter across the face, it was said.
Mr Pallister said: "She describes trying to get away from the defendant.
"He then kicked her between the legs at full force.
"She said she felt like she had been stabbed a thousand times, she describes being in terrible agony.
"Due to the pain between her legs she thought the baby was coming out.
"She was begging him to call an ambulance and his response was to tell her to sit down and shut up."
The court heard the woman called a neighbour, by then Purvis had called an ambulance and left.
When police officers arrived, Mr Pallister said, "The female officer was clearly shocked by what she saw and said the injury was one of the worst she had seen in her policing career."
The victim was unable to walk due to her injury had to be operated on. She was also left with a bruised and swollen right eye and swelling to her jaw.
The court heard no harm was caused to the baby and it was eventually delivered "fit and healthy".
Vince Ward, defending, said the incident was "an outburst of violence and a terrible loss of temper".
He told the court Purvis "had not been violent towards this complainant before in all the time they’ve known each other".
Mr Ward said Purvis "has changed considerably during his time in custody" while on remand and had "enhanced prisoner status".
My view: This is beyond evil, the man is a monster and should be locked up for life.