Man grabs pregnant ex by throat, steals £20 and headbutts policewoman

By Alex Ross | Pelsall | Crime | Published:

A man grabbed his heavily pregnant former partner by the throat in a violent robbery at her home, a court heard.

Wolverhampton Crown Court, where Martin Babiy was sentenced to 15 months in prison

Martin Babiy stole £20 from the woman to fund his cocaine habit and threw a brick through her mother's home, where she had fled to following the robbery, Wolverhampton Crown Court was told.

Mr Howard Searle, prosecuting, said the 24-year-old also threatened his ex before headbutting a police officer following his arrest.

Babiy, of Liddlestone Road in Pelsall, pleaded guilty to robbery, criminal damage, using threatening words to cause distress and assaulting a police officer.

He also admitted breaching a 75-day suspended sentence, imposed in April this year.

Judge James Burbidge sentenced Babiy, who has 14 criminal convictions for 23 offences, to 15 months in prison at the court on Tuesday.

He said: "You grabbed her around the neck, breaking her neck chain. She was heavily pregnant at the time. Your child was also in the house."

He added: "You are acquiring an unenviable criminal record.

"If you want any part in our former partner's family you will have to change your behaviour."


Mr Searle said Babiy had been with his partner for three years before they split in November last year.

He left her home but returned shortly after due to illness.

On his return he borrowed £20 from his former partner to buy cocaine before asking for more.

When she refused, Mr Searle said he grabbed her round the neck and took £20 from her bra.

A day later he threw the brick through his former partner's mother's window and threatened her.

Finally, he headbutted the female police officer detaining him in Walsall.

Alex Ross

By Alex Ross
Investigations Editor - @alexross_star

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