Man jailed for punching girlfriend - Luton

26/01/2016

A jealous Romanian plasterer, who punched his girlfriend in a Luton street when he saw her with a male work colleague, was jailed for 16 months today, Tuesday, 26 January 2016.

Fane Moghior, aged 28, fractured the victim's eye socket in the attack, which led to her having an operation and a metal plate inserted, Luton Crown Court was told.

He had seen the victim in Silver Street on 30 November last year and believed she was seeing someone behind his back. He pulled her clothes and dragged her along the street, before punching her in the face. A week earlier, on 23 November, Moghior had smashed her Samsung mobile phone. There was a background of intimidation and unpleasantness from Moghior towards the victim, who he had met in mid November, the court heard.

Sandra Beck, prosecuting for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), said that Moghior had a conviction in Romania for causing minor bodily harm on 10 March 2014, and received a fine.

Moghior, from St Paul's Road, Luton, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm (GBH) and criminal damage.

Andrew Morton, defending, asked for full credit for his guilty plea. He said Moghior had come to the UK on 5 October last year and had been determined to make a living for himself. He said: "He is sorry. He has not seen her since the incident and accepts the relationship is over." Mr Morton said the offence in Romania was not a domestic assault.

Jailing him, Judge Michael Kay QC said: "This was an angry, violent, unforgivable attack, which caused serious injury."

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