Criminal Injury Claim Prevented for Pregnant Woman
A pregnant woman stabbed more than 20 times across her body in a frenzied attack of violence cannot make a claim for compensation. Read on >>>
A legal precedent, set by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority appeal prevented the case. It stated that an unborn child is not a person in law within the meaning of an 1861 law. Many would argue that if an unborn child is not considered a ‘person in law’, then why is abortion illegal after 24 weeks?
Abortion is legal in England up to 24 weeks under the Abortion Act 1967. Although it is stated that if there is a health risk to the woman’s life or foetal problems, there is no time limit.
A man from Birmingham Babur Raja, attempted to murder the woman and child in a cruel attempt at child destruction in a town centre earlier this year. He subsequently admitted attempted murder and child destruction at Birmingham Crown Court. He also tried to attack two other members of the public whom tried to aid the terrified woman. However, the court jailed Mr Raja for 18 years.
Fortunately, the unborn child survived also helped by the actions of members of the public. Judge Simon Drew QC told the mother that her child may suffer ‘psychological problems’ while growing up.
For legal reasons, it is not possible to name the woman yet. It is thought the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) refused to make a compensation payment because the child was still in the womb when the attack occurred. The woman will appeal against the decision.
The CICA says it handles compensation claims from victims of violent crime.