Mum jailed for lying about the identity of baby's father

A bitter mum who lied about who the identity of her baby’s father to spite her ex has been jailed for eight months in Wales.

Louise Boyce named her new boyfriend Nathan Leggatt as the father of her newborn on the birth certificate, instead of her former partner Ashley Sayce who was the actual biological father.

Boyce, 30, acted “out of spite” by leaving Mr Sayce off the birth certificate after the pair went through a bitter break-up, her defence lawyer told the court.

Leggatt, 34, was aware of the scam and reportedly cried while signing the document, telling staff: “It’s a bit emotional to register the baby’s birth.”

Louise Boyce lied to registrars to spite her ex boyfriend. Source: Facebook

Social services investigated the scam and a paternity test later revealed who the real father was.

Boyce and Leggatt, both of Swansea, were arrested and admitted to wilfully giving false information concerning registration of a birth.

David Singh, defending Boyce in court, said she had a “desire” for Leggatt to be the baby’s father.

Andrew Evans, defending Leggatt, said he “had a genuine desire” to play an active role in the baby’s welfare and wanted to be loyal to Boyce.

Boyce, who is pregnant again, was jailed for eight months and Leggatt jailed for six months at Swansea Crown Court.

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