Pregnant woman arguing with boyfriend lost baby when she was Tasered by police

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A pregnant woman lost her baby after she was tasered with a high-powered stun gun by police during an argument with her boyfriend.

Leanne Perrett, 35, was three months pregnant when police Tasered her on a busy street in South Wales.

The mum-to-be quickly lost consciousnesses and fell face-first on the ground before an officer attempted to handcuff her.

She then slipped as the cop tried to restrain her and Perrett is alleged to have punched the officer in the face.

Police had been called because Perrett and her partner Kyle Butts, 34, were spotted arguing in the street.

Prosecutor Kelly-Marie Johnson said PC Hughes had been called to the scene in August and had been approached by Perrett who said she wanted her partner "nicked."

She said: "The officer was approached by male and then the female, she was saying: 'I want him nicked'.

"She then charged towards the male and the officer attempted to arrest her putting her in a restraint.

"As he attempted to handcuff her she slipped his grasp and he took her to the floor.

"It is said she then punched him and he was forced to continue to restrain her."

Cardiff Magistrates Court said the cop had to restrain Butts who tried to punch him, but as he did Perrett stormed towards them.

Ms Johnson said: "She is then alleged to have thrown another punch. It is unclear if that connected.

"The officer has then had to use his Taser to control the situation."

Perrett and Butts admitted assaulting an emergency worker and using threatening words or behaviour to cause fear of violence.

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Defending, Tom Trobe, said Perrett had been left with "substantial injuries" and suffered the loss of a child while being three months pregnant.

He said there is no medical evidence to say the incident was a "direct cause" and she "lost the baby in the subsequent days."

Mr Trobe said: "The most serious injury that she suffered was the loss of her child. She was three months pregnant.

"While there is no medical evidence to say that this was the direct cause, she lost the baby in the subsequent days.

"She accepts this was an unpleasant incident where violence need not have occurred."

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District Judge Shoman Khan told the couple the police officer had been right to use his taser.

He said: "The officer's reaction was instinctive, it was a heated situation and I thought he dealt with it very well."

Butts was handed an eight-week suspended sentence and a nine-month drug rehabilitation order.

Perrett was given a 16-week suspended sentence and ordered to do a thinking skills programme.

Speaking outside court, Perrett said: "I suffered a miscarriage after it happened. I was three months pregnant and I lost the baby.

"I know that's what caused it."

A spokesman for South Wales Police said they were sympathetic to anyone who suffers a miscarriage.

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