Three men who planned the miscarriage of a Hemel Hempstead woman’s baby were jailed for a total of 13 years on Friday, December 13.
Prosecutor Corinne Bramwell told St Albans Crown Court that the father of the child, Issac Lyndsay, 27, had been in a casual sexual relationship with the mother.
The woman was persuaded by Lyndsay to take Misoprostol tablets to bring on a late abortion in April last year.
In February last year, Lyndsay from Cricklewood Broadway, London, learned she was pregnant.
At the time, he was in a relationship with another woman, who was also pregnant with his child.
To obtain the abortion drugs, Lyndsay contacted his friend Kasam Rahman, 26, of London who, in turn, called his university colleague Robinraj Christy, 28, of Edgware.
Justice Andrew Baker sentenced Lyndsey to 7 years and Rahman and Christy to 3 years each.
Rahman and Lyndsay admitted conspiring to administer a poison to the woman between March 20 and April 24, 2018 to procure a miscarriage.
Christy was convicted of the charge by a jury. Rahman pleaded guilty to possessing a Class C drug – Tramadol – on August 30, 2018.
Ms Bramwell said the woman had booked an appointment for a termination at a Marie Stopes clinic in February but did not go ahead.
She said it was the prosecution’s case that the mother had always intended to have the child, who survived the abortion attempt.
Lyndsay had carried out internet searches on abortions, which included: “Tell your partner you want an abortion, how to convince someone to have an abortion and what drugs can be used to terminate a pregnancy?”
He also told the woman he had been diagnosed with cancer in an attempt to persuade her to go ahead with an abortion.
The judge, who had dismissed charges against the woman halfway through the trial, said she had been in a controlling relationship with Lyndsey, who had told her she was having an unwanted baby.
When he brought the tablets to her home, Lyndsay had said: “We need to do this.”