UK – Married civil servant accused of lacing lover’s drink with abortion drug

Laura Slade says she found powdery residue at the bottom of the glass after he insisted she drink from it

Caroline Davies and agency
Tue 26 Apr 2022

A woman who became pregnant during an affair with a married senior civil servant told a court he looked “very flustered” before preparing a drink for her allegedly spiked with an abortion drug.

Darren Burke, 43, a deputy director for the emergency services mobile communications programme at the Home Office, is accused of trying to cause Laura Slade’s miscarriage.