A man who assaulted his heavily pregnant girlfriend has been given permission to be with her for the birth of their child.
Richard Gough admitted the attack on nine months pregnant Sally Cartwright earlier this week.
He was banned from contacting her after Kirklees magistrates heard how he put his hands around her throat and pushed her to the floor.
Gough, of Leeds Road in Deighton, today asked magistrates to lift these bail conditions.
And Ms Cartwright appeared at the court to show her support of his application - despite going into labour.
Gough’s solicitor Sonia Kidd said: “At 5am this morning her waters broke.
“She has gone to hospital, discharged herself to come to court and she’s getting contractions.
“She wants him to be present when his newborn son arrives into the world.”
Prosecutor James opposed 49-year-old Gough’s application.
He said: “The crown opposes the variation.
“This is a very vulnerable time and there should not be contact between them.”
Magistrates did agree to temporarily lift Gough’s bail conditions.
This will allow him to be present during Ms Cartwright’s labour and up to an hour after the child is born.
At this point the non contact conditions will be reimposed.
Gough will be sentenced for the assault later this month.
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