Mum who lied about her baby's father jailed for eight months

Photo: Louise Boyce / Facebook
Photo: Louise Boyce / Facebook 

It's no secret children are frequently used as pawns in bitter breakups - but in this case an angry mum's actions landed her and her new boyfriend in jail.

When Louise Boyce, 30, submitted the birth registration papers for her newborn, she named her new boyfriend Nathan Leggatt, 34, as the father.

Boyce's defence lawyer David Singh told Swansea Crown Court that it was an act of "spite" against her former partner Ashley Sayce after an acrimonious breakup, and that she had a "desire" for Leggett to be the dad.

Boyce's boyfriend Nathan Leggatt was jailed for six months.
Boyce's boyfriend Nathan Leggatt was jailed for six months. Photo: Police handout

Social services investigated the alleged deception, conducting paternity testing which revealed Sayce to be the baby's biological father.

Leggatt was complicit in the deception, telling staff at the registry office, "It's a bit emotional to register the baby's birth." The pair were arrested and admitted to wilfully giving false information in the registration of a birth.

Leggatt's defence lawyer, Andrew Evans, said he "had a genuine desire" to be the baby's father and felt a large degree of loyalty to his partner.

Boyce - who is pregnant again - was sentenced to eight months in jail, and Leggett six months.

Louise Boyce in happier times with former partner Ashley Sayce.

Louise Boyce in happier times with former partner Ashley Sayce. Photo: Louise Boyce / Facebook