A man who was arrested after a pregnant woman was left ‘traumatised’ by having a pillowcase put over her head and repeatedly punched has been admitted to a mental health facility.
In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said the suspect, in his late 50s, was detained on suspicion of grievous bodily harm (GBH) at a residential address in Haringey, north London last night.
He has been released under investigation for the offence and was admitted to a mental health facility under Section 2 of the Mental Health Act.
The 20-year-old Jewish victim, who is around 28 weeks’ pregnant, was taken to hospital for treatment for minor injuries following the assault at around 6.30pm last Thursday in Stamford Hill.
A figure was seen following the woman into an alleyway before pulling a hood over her head and raining down blows on her stomach in sickening footage. The woman was taken to hospital for treatment to minor injuries.
Enquiries are ongoing to establish a motive. At this early stage, it is not believed to be linked with any other offences.
Local policing commander, Detective Chief Superintendent Marcus Barnett, said: ‘This was an appalling and unprovoked assault on a young woman.
‘I know such assaults are very concerning, but please be assured, whilst such incidents are thankfully rare, they are taken very seriously indeed and my officers do everything they possibly can to bring offenders to justice and keeping you – our community – safe.’
Police have arrested a man in his 50s after a 20-year-old woman needed hospital treatment following an attack in Stamford Hill last Thursday.
The 20-year-old Jewish victim, who is around 28 weeks’ pregnant, was taken to hospital for treatment for minor injuries following the assault
Rabbi Herschel Gluck, president of the Shomrim neighbourhood watch group in Stamford Hill, said the woman has been left ‘traumatised’ by the incident.
The rabbi said ‘all parties’ must ensure the safety of women and girls in the area ‘is put on the front burner and is assured’.
He added: ‘She is a young woman, she has never experienced anything similar to this in her life.
‘The child, the embryo is very developed, 27/28 weeks, and therefore I dread to think what effect this will have on the unborn child.’
The Met said police have been conducting patrols in the Stamford Hill area to provide reassurance to the local community.