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Man tried to kill pregnant woman in brutal knife attack

Babur Karamat Raja
Babur Karamat Raja

A 41-year-old man has admitted attempting to murder a pregnant woman who was repeatedly stabbed in a street attack.

Babur Karamat Raja, from Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, also pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted child destruction, possession of a knife in public, and the wounding and assault of two passers-by.

Appearing at Birmingham Crown Court by videolink, Raja, who will be sentenced in June, made notes with a pen and remained impassive as his QC passed on his apologies for the offences.

Raja's victim, who cannot be identified because of a court order, was in court and broke down in tears as he entered his guilty pleas.

A 40-minute hearing was told the sentencing judge will be required to consider whether Raja's level of dangerousness should merit a life sentence.

Police arrested the company director in March in the Trinity Hill area of Sutton Coldfield after the woman suffered multiple wounds to her abdomen.

Prosecutor Benjamin Aina QC said the Crown did not wish to proceed on a further count of attempted murder against Raja relating to an attack on by-stander John Mitchell.

Mr Aina, who did not open the facts of the case, told the court: "John Mitchell was one of the brave members of the public who went to the aid of this lady whilst she was being attacked."

Although Raja had attacked Mr Mitchell with a knife, he did not accept that he had intended to kill him, the court heard.

Defence counsel Jane Humphryes QC notified the court that the defence intended to submit a psychiatric report prior to sentence.

Raja has no previous convictions for violence, the court heard, but was once cautioned for an offence of dishonesty.

Ms Humphryes told the court: "It's our application that there ought to be a pre-sentence report as to whether this ought to be a life sentence, as opposed to a determinate sentence.

"He would like to say to the court his sincere apologies - he wishes to express his very sincere remorse and perhaps that is displayed by his early guilty pleas."

A statement released by the Crown Prosecution Service described the attack as "completely unjustified and unprovoked".

Raja stabbed the victim in the chest and attempted to cut her throat before being detained by members of the public, the CPS said.

Emily Lenham, senior crown prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said in a statement: "Babur Raja committed one of the worst acts of violence conceivable.

"But for the brave intervention of members of the public, who put their own lives at risk, the consequences of this incident could have been even more serious than they actually were.

"These events have had a significant impact on the victims and witnesses both physically and psychologically. I hope these convictions will in some way help them to come to terms with the horrifying events."