A 21-year-old woman is lashing out after her ex-boyfriend received a light sentence despite kicking her in the stomach when she was pregnant, killing their unborn child. “I'm so angry about his sentence. No sentence will bring back my baby,” said Jessy Johnson of Pontefract in Northern England. Her boyfriend Stuart Samson, 37, was jailed for two years and nine months after pleading guilty to two offences of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, according to the UK’s Daily Mirror. Warning: The video below may be disturbing to some.
Johnson was with Samson at The Alpha Club in Hemsworth, West Yorkshire when the attack occurred on April 16 2016, just five days before her baby was due, according to the Metro newspaper. Samson was angry that Jessy had left him alone at the bar. Horrific video captures the incident, as Johnson gets up to leave, a seated Samson can be seen kicking her in the stomach, the toe of his boot connecting with the visibly pregnant woman’s lower abdomen. Then Johnson collapses to the floor.
Samson can be seen holding Johnson up in the video. He reportedly whispered in her ear not to call an ambulance, which would inevitably involve the police being notified. Instead he took her to her mother’s house. She became alarmed when she didn’t feel the baby moving. When she finally got to the hospital, a scan confirmed the baby was dead. She was later induced and gave birth to a stillborn daughter, who she named Mila Frances.
Jessy Johnson met Stuart Samson when she was just 16, and soon began dating him, despite their 16-year age difference. Johnson says Samson was a binge drinker and when he got drunk he liked to fight. “This often led to full-on fist-fights where I would have to run out of his house to relatives,” she told The Daily Mail. “But I always went back.' Johnson broke up with Samson after their baby’s death, but once again went back to him. After a fight in February where he chipped one of her teeth, Johnson said she’d had enough.
Johnson remains angry Samson didn’t receive a harsher sentence. "The prosecution told me because the baby had not been born they didn't see her as being human - even though she was full-term," she says. She also doesn’t believe Samson’s claims of regret, saying, "He only pleaded guilty to get a lesser sentence and he showed no remorse at court from what I saw,” adding, “I don't think Stuart will learn anything from this. He won't ever never change.”