Thug pretended to crash car with his baby inside

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A MAN repeatedly punched his girlfriend as he drove before she fled with their baby.

John Pasion swerved, pretending to crash his BMW containing his seven-month-old daughter and partner, as he drove through the streets of Portsmouth.

The city’s crown court heard the 28-year-old and his family had been to his partner’s sister’s home when he became abusive after drinking.

Daniel Sawyer, prosecuting, said: ‘As he was driving he began to punch her right arm. He was doing this while driving, she says, almost crashing the car and accusing her of smiling at a man.’

As Pasion drove down Copnor Road he pretended he was going to crash, swerving at things before stopping the car and hitting his girlfriend again.

He shouted: ‘I’m going to smash your head against the floor and hurt you really bad this time, I’m going to kill you.’

Mr Sawyer added: ‘He drove off again coming towards the Coach and Horses pub. There was a kebab van near the pub, he drove the car to the van as if to crash.’

He added: ‘She honestly believed he was going to kill her.’

When Pasion stopped again she managed to flee and seek help from a passer-by. Witnesses saw Pasion’s BMW ‘flying back around the corner’ as he pulled up and stormed over, wearing only shorts.

Mr Sawyer added: ‘The defendant came over saying “I’m going to deck you, what are you going to do, talking to my bird?”.’

The victim then ran to the car and took her daughter out in a car seat before Pasion grabbed hold of the car seat launching a ‘tug-of-war’ over the baby.

Witnesses called police and officers found the victim, who suffered large bruises to the top of her arm, distressed and in tears.

Judge Peter Dixon Crabtree handed Pasion a seven-month prison sentence suspended for two years.

Addressing Pasion, the judge said: ‘She was very scared. You came back to the position she was in with that man and threatened the both of them.

‘There followed a tug-of-war between you and her over the child. ‘That must have been distressing for her and for the child.’

Pasion pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.