A JEALOUS boyfriend killed his pregnant partner’s unborn baby because he resented it being fathered by another man, a court heard.

Asa Davison attacked his victim while she was 29 weeks pregnant in order to kill the child, it is alleged.

The 35-year-old is said to have deliberately kicked and punched her in the stomach and dragged her along the road.

Davison is charged with the lesser-known offence of child destruction under the Infant Life Preservation Act (1929).

The court heard Davison, from Gillingham, had been in a relationship with the woman for a couple of months and she was already pregnant before they got together.

Sarah Jones, prosecuting, said the defendant felt bitter about the prospect of raising another man’s child.

After he was arrested police recovered recordings on his phone to the woman. In one he said that it ‘broke (his) heart’ that the baby was not his.

He also said: “You get little **** baby out of my house. I don’t give a **** about your baby.”

The attack happened on May 29, 2020, after Davison followed his partner on his bike down a side street, the court heard.

Ms Jones said: “[The victim] was heavily pregnant when she met Ace (Asa) Davison.

“On the night of May 29, 2020, the defendant erupted into violence which the Crown says caused her to lose her 29 week old baby and suffer serious injuries to herself.

“One witness described the defendant as treating the woman like a dog on a lead and kicking her up the road. She saw him punch her in the face, drag her along the road and kick her in the belly. Another resident heard a sound like someone dragging a bag of compost.

“[The victim] was taken to hospital where she was found to have significant facial injuries.

“An ultrasound detected no fetal heartbeat and confirmed the baby died inside her, which at the 20 week scan was developing normally and without concern.

“When you look at the evidence it is inescapable that the person responsible for the untimely death of her child was the man who had earlier spoken of his resentment at feeding and raising another man’s child.”

Davison denies child destruction, causing the woman grievous bodily harm and actual bodily harm.

He has also pleaded not guilty to perverting the course of justice.

The trial at Bournemouth Crown Court continues.