Pregnant woman had miscarriage after police Tasered her during bust-up with boyfriend

A pregnant woman lost her baby after she was Tasered by police during a domestic bust-up with her boyfriend, a court heard.

Leanne Perrett, 35, was three months pregnant – but a court heard she suffered a miscarriage after being hit by the high-powered stun gun in a busy street.

Bodycam footage showed the moment Perrett lost consciousnesses – and landed face-first after being dropped by the Taser.

A policeman – named only as PC Hughes – stepped in when Perrett and her partner Kyle Butts, 34, were seen arguing in the street.

Prosecutor Kelly-Marie Johnson said PC Hughes had been called to the town centre of Barry, South Wales, due to a disturbance in the street between the rowing pair.

She said: “Both were seen in the street shoving one another and shouting insults.

“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 heard the police officer had to restrain Butts who tried to punch him – but as he did so Perrett stormed towards them.

Miss 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.

Tom Trobe, defending, said Perrett had been left with “substantial injuries” following the incident including a black eye.

He added: “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.”

Mr Trobe said Butts had thrown a punch at the police officer after Perrett was hit.

He said: “This was an emotive situation and not a pre-planned offence.”

Mr Trobe said Perrett suffered from a psychiatric disorder and had been unable to get appropriate medical appointments during the pandemic.

He said that both she and Butts had suffered from drug addictions at the time of the incident on June 20 but had both were now complying with treatment programs.

District Judge Shoman Khan told the pair 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, of Llantwit Major, South Wales, was handed an eight week suspended sentence and a nine month drug rehabilitation order.

Perrett, also of Llantwit Major, was handed a 16 week suspended sentence and ordered to do a thinking skills programme.

Judge Khan told them: “If you commit more offences you bring them on yourselves just like you did in this incident.”

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.”

Perrett says there was no need for her to be tasered over what was a row between her and her partner.

She said: “The first thing I remember was waking up and being pushed into the back of the police van.

“They had to lift me in because I couldn’t stand up – my legs just wouldn’t work.

“I thought I had broken my cheekbones as I was in so much pain and I had a black eye that stayed for over three weeks.

“The copper’s reaction was completely over the top, he was well out of order. He had no need to taser me.

“My mum saw the video afterwards and was crying.”