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Pregnant Kidderminster stab victim gives birth
4:55pm Monday 14th October 2013 in Local
A KIDDERMINSTER woman who was heavily pregnant when she was stabbed multiple times by an attacker has safely given birth, a court has been told.
The baby was born prematurely on August 4 and is said to be doing well.
The 25-year-old victim, Rachel Kane, was attacked in front of her four-year-old child in a house in Lea Street, in July this year, Worcester Crown Court heard.
Andre Smith, of Hamstead Road, Great Barr, Birmingham, admitted a charge of attempted murder when he appeared at court on Monday.
He pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempted child destruction by intending to destroy the life of an unborn baby and Hugh O'Brien-Quinn, prosecuting, said this had accepted by the crown and would be taken only as an aggravating feature in the attempted murder proceedings.
Judge Patrick Thomas ordered the charge to lie on the file and said, "happily, the child has now been born alive".
Abigail Nixon, defending, asked for a psychiatric report and a pre-sentence report for Smith.
The sentence was adjourned until December 9 when it will come before Judge Robert Juckes, QC, the Recorder of Worcester.