Bermuda Post

Friday, Apr 19, 2024

Home Office civil servant 'tried to give mistress abortion drug'

Home Office civil servant 'tried to give mistress abortion drug'

A senior civil servant spiked his pregnant mistress's drink to try to cause a miscarriage, a court has heard.

Darren Burke, who works in the Home Office, is accused of handing Laura Slade orange juice containing a drug which is used to induce abortions.

Ms Slade refused the drink but suffered an unconnected miscarriage weeks later.

Mr Burke, 43, from Windsor, denies both intentionally obtaining the drug with intent and attempting to administer it to procure a miscarriage.

Isleworth Crown Court, in west London, was told how in 2020 Mr Burke encouraged mother-of-two Ms Slade to terminate her pregnancy, sending her links to an abortion clinic as well as an abortion pill.

'Gut feeling'


Ms Slade, who gave evidence from behind a screen, said she had not wanted an abortion, telling the court: "I told him when the due date was and that I was keeping my child."

She said she later had "an instant gut feeling something was not right" when on 3 December 2020, Mr Burke offered to get her Starbucks the following morning - something Ms Slade claimed he had not done before.

Describing what happened when he arrived at her Chiswick flat on 4 December, she said: "He was very flustered, walking between the front room and the kitchen and was offering me a drink again."

She also claimed he said that he did not want to be on the baby's birth certificate, and she had then had asked him to leave.

The court was told Mr Burke then brought in two glasses with water in one and what looked like orange juice in the other, and asked if she was going to drink it.

Ms Slade told the court she swore at him and said no.

"He then picked it up and took it into the kitchen with his cup, then came back," she said.

"I waited for the door to close, ran to the door, locked the door, then ran to the sink."

Ms Slade said she had found a white powder on the empty glass and called police the following day.

Mr Burke is accused of lacing the drink with mifepristone.

David Spens QC, defending, suggested Burke was not "insisting" that Ms Slade drink the orange juice but had simply asked her twice because he was being "caring".

The trial continues.

Newsletter

Related Articles

Bermuda Post
0:00
0:00
Close
Paper straws found to contain long-lasting and potentially toxic chemicals - study
FTX's Bankman-Fried headed for jail after judge revokes bail
Blackrock gets half a trillion dollar deal to rebuild Ukraine
Steve Jobs' Son Launches Venture Capital Firm With $200 Million For Cancer Treatments
Israel: Unprecedented Civil Disobedience Looms as IDF Reservists Protest Judiciary Reform
Google reshuffles Assistant unit, lays off some staffers, to 'supercharge' products with A.I.
End of Viagra? FDA approved a gel against erectile dysfunction
UK sanctions Russians judges over dual British national Kara-Murza's trial
US restricts visa-free travel for Hungarian passport holders because of security concerns
America's First New Nuclear Reactor in Nearly Seven Years Begins Operations
Southeast Asia moves closer to economic unity with new regional payments system
Political leader from South Africa, Julius Malema, led violent racist chants at a massive rally on Saturday
Today Hunter Biden’s best friend and business associate, Devon Archer, testified that Joe Biden met in Georgetown with Russian Moscow Mayor's Wife Yelena Baturina who later paid Hunter Biden $3.5 million in so called “consulting fees”
Singapore Carries Out First Execution of a Woman in Two Decades Amid Capital Punishment Debate
Spanish Citizenship Granted to Iranian chess player who removed hijab
US Senate Republican Mitch McConnell freezes up, leaves press conference
Speaker McCarthy says the United States House of Representatives is getting ready to impeach Joe Biden.
San Francisco car crash
This camera man is a genius
3D ad in front of Burj Khalifa
Next level gaming
Google testing journalism AI. We are doing it already 2 years, and without Google biased propoganda and manipulated censorship
Unlike illegal imigrants coming by boats - US Citizens Will Need Visa To Travel To Europe in 2024
Musk announces Twitter name and logo change to X.com
'I just lost it' Lowe’s worker fired after 13 years of employment for confronting thieves trying to steal $2K of merchandise
The politician and the journalist lost control and started fighting on live broadcast.
The future of sports
Unveiling the Black Hole: The Mysterious Fate of EU's Aid to Ukraine
Farewell to a Music Titan: Tony Bennett, Renowned Jazz and Pop Vocalist, Passes Away at 96
Alarming Behavior Among Florida's Sharks Raises Concerns Over Possible Cocaine Exposure
Transgender Exclusion in Miss Italy Stirs Controversy Amidst Changing Global Beauty Pageant Landscape
Joe Biden admitted, in his own words, that he delivered what he promised in exchange for the $10 million bribe he received from the Ukraine Oil Company.
TikTok Takes On Spotify And Apple, Launches Own Music Service
Global Trend: Using Anti-Fake News Laws as Censorship Tools - A Deep Dive into Tunisia's Scenario
Arresting Putin During South African Visit Would Equate to War Declaration, Asserts President Ramaphosa
Hacktivist Collective Anonymous Launches 'Project Disclosure' to Unearth Information on UFOs and ETIs
Typo sends millions of US military emails to Russian ally Mali
Server Arrested For Theft After Refusing To Pay A Table's $100 Restaurant Bill When They Dined & Dashed
The Changing Face of Europe: How Mass Migration is Reshaping the Political Landscape
China Urges EU to Clarify Strategic Partnership Amid Trade Tensions
Europe is boiling: Extreme Weather Conditions Prevail Across the Continent
The Last Pour: Anchor Brewing, America's Pioneer Craft Brewer, Closes After 127 Years
Democracy not: EU's Digital Commissioner Considers Shutting Down Social Media Platforms Amid Social Unrest
Sarah Silverman and Renowned Authors Lodge Copyright Infringement Case Against OpenAI and Meta
Italian Court's Controversial Ruling on Sexual Harassment Ignites Uproar
Why Do Tech Executives Support Kennedy Jr.?
The New York Times Announces Closure of its Sports Section in Favor of The Athletic
BBC Anchor Huw Edwards Hospitalized Amid Child Sex Abuse Allegations, Family Confirms
Florida Attorney General requests Meta CEO's testimony on company's platforms' alleged facilitation of illicit activities
The Distorted Mirror of actual approval ratings: Examining the True Threat to Democracy Beyond the Persona of Putin
×