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Teen who raped pregnant woman jailed

Radio New Zealand logo Radio New Zealand 18/09/2015
Bailey Meredith was sentenced to eight months jail for raping a pregnant woman.: Bailey Meredith was sentenced to eight months jail. © RNZ / Tom Furley Bailey Meredith was sentenced to eight months jail.

A teenager who raped and kicked a 30-year-old woman in the stomach while ignoring her pleas to let her go because she was pregnant, has been jailed for eight years.

Bailey Meredith, 17, last month pleaded guilty to rape and other charges of sexual violation when he attacked the woman on a Lower Hutt riverbank during her lunch break in June.

At his sentencing in the Wellington District Court, Judge Jan Kelly said Meredith's actions were degrading and took advantage of a vulnerable woman.

The woman earlier told the court she and her husband had tried to conceive for months and she had undergone IVF treatment.

She said on the day of the attack, she had felt pregnancy symptoms, and was later told by a doctor who assessed for her injuries, that she was indeed pregnant, but was likely to miscarry.

The woman suffered cuts, bruises and broken teeth in the attack. She told the court she was suffering post-traumatic stress and is still afraid to leave her house.

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