A mini cab driver who tied up his pregnant mistress and aborted their 19-week-old foetus has been jailed for six years.
Ahmed Raofi, 29, of Edgware, London, used tables he had bought online to induce the birth of the child, after failing to convince his pregnant lover to have an abortion.
Irene Santos, 39, was lured to Raofi's home, and once naked, was tethered with gaffer tape before Raofi inserted around four pills into her womb, bringing on labour.
The Mail reports that Ms Santos miscarried the 19-week-old live and breathing foetus just hours later.
Paramedics who came to her aid said the baby had lived for 10 minutes, but died just after they arrived on the scene.
Blackfriars Crown Court heard that married Raofi concocted a plan to kill the unborn baby after Ms Santos refused to terminate the pregnancy. After searching for hours online, he purchased packs of Misoprostol – a drug which brings on labour – and invited the pregnant mum to his flat for sex, with the intention of ending the pregnancy.
Ms Santon, a Filipino-national, endured crippling cramps just a few hours after Raofi forced the drugs into her body.
The judge said: "Overtures to Ms Santos to terminate the baby were to no avail and yet apparently she continued throughout to love you dearly. You obtained drugs to facilitate a miscarriage and then surreptitiously engaged in sexual intercourse with Ms Santos so when she was naked you could cause the abortion."
Raofi admitted to administering a poison with intent to procure a miscarriage.
Prosecutor David Markham told the hearing that Ms Santos began seeing Raofi in 2011, and knew he was married and was not seeking a serious relationship. She had told him she was pregnant over Skype when he had travelled to Afghanistan in January to visit his wife.
"He had previously made it clear to Ms Santos that the prospect of having a child in these circumstances was something he did not want," David Markham said. "When she became pregnant he wanted her to have an abortion and when she refused to do that he took matters into his own had to end the pregnancy against her wishes."
The court heard that Raofi had taken Ms Santos to an abortion clinic and booked an appointment for but she refused to go through with it.
"He told her that he would wait until she was seven months pregnant then, in his words, 'punch it out of her'," Mr Markham told the court.
Jailing Raofi, Judge Marron told him: "You denied a woman a much wanted child".