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Ilford man jailed for sustained violence against partner

Calin abused the woman over a three month period (Pic-Met Police) 

A man from Ilford has been jailed for eight and a half years for violently attacking his partner over a series of months. 

Vicentiu Luca Calin, 29, was sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday 5th November. 

He plead guilty to GBH with intent, actual bodily harm and assault by beating at an earlier hearing on Tuesday, 24 August.

An additional charge of false imprisonment will lie on file, this means there is not enough evidence to proceed and is not in the public interest to do so as they have acknowledged a more serious charge.

Police were called on Friday, 1 January by the survivors friend who had taken her to hospital for treatment. 

She reported to the police that they’d been staying in a hotel together since October 2020 and during that time Calin had repeatedly abused her. 

Between Christmas Day and December 27 2020, Calin assaulted her to the point where she sustained a bleed on her brain and was given a permanent facial scar. 

Over time he became increasingly aggressive and controlling towards her, not letting her speak to her family, preventing her from accessing any help and also threatening to kill her.

Calin also burnt the her a number of times with lit cigarettes. 

One time he did so on her face because he thought women women spent too long looking in the mirror.

The woman has also been left with permanent scarring to her body and numbness to her lips which impacts her ability to speak, eat and drink.

On December 27, the survivor was able to convince Calin to let her go and speak to friends to stop them from getting suspicious.

She then sought refuge with her friends who then took her to the hospital. 

Police arrested Calin for numerous offences on January 3, his vehicle was covered in the survivors blood.   

Detective Sergeant Janet Glover of the North East BCU Public Protection Unit said: “This was a complex investigation that was carried out diligently by my colleague Detective Constable Campion. She worked tirelessly with the victim in this case ensuring that she had the necessary support to see this case through to court.”

Detective Constable Amy Campion said: “I would like to pay tribute to the survivor for having the courage to come forward and give evidence in this case.

“She has shown tremendous courage throughout this investigation, from the initial allegation to her attendance at court and her ability to speak out about the horrendous domestic abuse that she has suffered at the hands of Calin.

“With her bravery and assistance in this case, we have ensured that this dangerous offender was brought to justice and ultimately received a lengthy custodial sentence at court.

“The Metropolitan Police continue to be committed to the investigation of domestic abuse and suppressing violence against women and girls, and will strive to bring any offenders to justice.”

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