Fenton burglar Adam Gordon punched pregnant woman
BURGLAR Adam Gordon repeatedly punched a heavily-pregnant woman after she woke up to find him in her bedroom.
The 22-year-old punched Rachel Kirby up to 11 times after 'panicking' when he was challenged by the shocked homeowner.
The victim – who lives in the same Fenton street as Gordon – was knocked to the ground and even punched as she lay on her bedroom floor.
Police later arrested father-of-two Gordon – despite him trying to conceal his appearance during the break-in by wearing Miss Kirby's hooded dressing gown.
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Now Gordon, of Hollings Street, Fenton, has been jailed for 38 months after admitting burglary and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Jailing Gordon, Judge Paul Glenn told Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court: "The victim was plainly vulnerable, living alone and heavily pregnant.
"I accept in panic, to avoid detection and to escape, you attacked her.
"But you could have pushed her aside and fled.
"There was no need to use the sort of violence you did. You punched her repeatedly.
"It is a matter of good fortune her injuries were not more serious.
"It was an extremely frightening incident which I am quite sure she will never forget."
Gordon struck at Miss Kirby's Hollings Street home at about 2.30am on a day last December.
Gordon spotted a television in his victim's lounge and then went upstairs to see if there was anything else to steal. He intended to take a television from the bedroom but was challenged by Miss Kirby.
Samantha Crabb, mitigating, conceded the assault was an aggravating feature of the burglary and the victim was in her home.
Gordon claimed he only punched Miss Kirby between six and seven times.
Miss Crabb said: "He accepts he reacted in panic to her alarm at him being in her bedroom.
"His violence was delivered in panic in an attempt to get out of the room."