Whanganui man jailed for three years for 'cruel' and 'dangerous' attack

After his second attempt at killing his unborn son a Whanganui man said to his partner "that's done it" before making himself a cup of coffee.

Jesmond Albert Mosen, 27, was today sentenced to three year's jail for a series of "extraordinarily dangerous" and "cruel" attacks on his victim.

It's the first time Mosen's name can be revealed after name suppression lapsed.

On June 4 last year, the pair were arguing and Mosen told his victim to have an abortion, or he would "do it".

Twice he punched her in the stomach, before slapping her head and pushing his hand into her stomach, leaving her in terrible pain.

"[She} told you she would have an abortion in order to stop the assault," Justice Joe Williams told Mosen in the High Court at Whanganui.

Four days after that attack the pair were again arguing.

She threatened to leave, Mosen stopped her, pushing her on to a bed.

"You told her the fetus would be aborted now," the judge said.

As the argument continued, Mosen punched the victim "full force" in the stomach.

"She crouched to protect both her and of course the unborn baby. You then grabbed her by the hair and dragged her on the bed and punched her twice in the stomach.

"You said to her you hope that's done it."

Still not finished, Mosen punched her in the face and then made a cup of coffee, while she dialed 111.

In April 2012 Mosen hit his victim in the leg with a shovel when she threatened to walk out.

Mosen was to face trial last month but after a sentence indication he admitted one charge each of using unlawful means with intent to procure miscarriage, assault with intent to injure and assault with a weapon.

He will serve the three years on top of a two-year sentence imposed for separate offending, but Mrs Te Huia told the Manawatu Standard, it wasn't enough.

She would have liked to have seen him behind bars for six to seven years for what he did to her, and was "gutted" her son's life wasn't worth more.

Justice Williams imposed a protection order meaning Mosen will not be able to contact the victim.

She said she had put her new fiancee's name on her son's birth certificate instead of Mosen's.

"I'd like to express my thanks to Constable Jason Reynish. A first I wasn't going to make a statement but he put it to me straight and he saved my life and baby's life," she said.

The victim still feels pain in her leg from the shovel assault and she told the court when reading a victim's statement her son would wake up screaming in the night.

Although specialists say the boy won't remember what happened to him, the victim said her mother's intuition told her otherwise.

"How dare you try to take my son from me. I will never ever forgive you and you will never see my son and your family's not allowed near him either," she told Mosen.

The vicitim fell pregnant in March 2012 and she and Mosen got together the year before.

Every time she tried to leave him he would make her feel guilty and even threaten suicide, she said.

A pre-sentence report said Mosen wasn't remorseful, was angry toward the victim and disputed some of the court summary of facts.

However, defence lawyer Roger Crowley said Mosen's contrition when he pleaded guilty and a letter he had written expressing sorrow for his actions suggested otherwise.

Justice Williams said he accepted Mosen's word. Mosen replied: "I am sorry for what I done, yep."

Manawatu Standard