Chesterfield man denies he “conspired” to cause a miscarriage, court hears

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A Chesterfield man has denied a charge of conspiring to obtain poison to deliberately cause a pregnant woman’s miscarriage.

Joseph Bayne, 24, appeared alongside Georgia Day, 23, at Chesterfield Magistrates Court this morning.

The pair face an allegation that they conspired to unlawfully procure a poison or “other noxious thing” - knowing it was intended to be used to bring on

a miscarriage.

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During this morning’s short hearing District Judge Andrew Davison asked Bayne to confirm he understood the charge.

Bayne, who pleaded not guilty to the charge, replied: “I don’t understand what you’re saying and I don’t like being spooked. It makes no difference to me right now.”

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The duo, both of Longedge Lane, Wingerworth, were bailed unconditionally to appear before Derby Crown Court in December.

Prosecutor Darren Young told the court: “Rather unusual. This will be sent to crown court forthwith.

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"There are no issues with regard to them being placed on unconditional bail.”

Judge Davison told the defendants: “You've heard what's been said – this is a charge which can only be dealt with at crown court in Derby for a hearing on December 6.

"You will get an opportunity to confirm your respective pleas on that day.”

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