Husband jailed for the attempted murder of his wife

07/09/2016

A husband who attacked and stabbed his wife in their home in Smethwick has today been jailed for 20 years imprisonment after he was found guilty of her attempted murder.

A jury at Wolverhampton Crown Court heard that there was a history domestic violence between 42-year-old Dan Draghici and his wife.

The victim had escaped their relationship and moved from London to the Midlands, however, the defendant had tracked her down and moved into her home.

On 1 March 2016, the victim informed Draghici she wanted the end their relationship. The defendant then visited a local shop, purchased a set of knifes and in the early hours of 2 March 2016, he attacked his wife, stabbing her several times to the head and body.

The victim's sister, who lived in the same house, heard her screams and jumped on the defendant which allowed his wife to escape the attack and run out of the house. She managed to flag down a passing taxi who contacted the emergency services.

Police arrived and arrested Draghici, and the victim was taken to hospital where she was treated for her injuries.

The defendant was found guilty of attempted murder and assault by beating.

David Parsons, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"Domestic violence is a serious criminal offence which ruins lives, breaks up families and has a lasting impact on all those concerned.

"In this prosecution, there was a history of domestic violence between Dan Draghici and his wife. When she informed him that she wanted to end their relationship, he purchased a set of knives and launched a violent attack on her.

"The CPS is committed to supporting victims and of domestic violence and prosecuting those who commit such crimes. Our message to victims is that the criminal justice system can help and protect you; and to perpetrators, that their violence is unacceptable and there is no excuse."