Man jailed for life for attempted murder of sister-in-law

|News, Violent crime

A man who stabbed his sister-in-law in Stourbridge after an argument in the street has today been jailed for life, with a minimum term of 10 years, after he was found guilty of her attempted murder.

A jury at Wolverhampton Crown Court heard that on 7 August 2017, 38-year-old Gheorghe Mihai approached his brother and the victim, who were standing at bus stop on High Street in Lye.

An argument took place over money during which the defendant, who has previously served a period of imprisonment in Romania for murder, pulled out a six inch kitchen knife and threatened the victim.

He was restrained by the victim’s husband as she made her escape. Mihai then chased her and when he caught up with her stabbed her several times to the face, head and upper body. He fled the scene, stabbing out at his brother as he did so but, fortunately, not making contact.

The emergency services were called and paramedics treated the victim at the scene. The defendant was arrested by police a short distance later.

He was found guilty of attempted murder and having an offensive weapon after trial and has been ordered to serve a minimum of 10 years.

Douglas Marshall, from the CPS, said: “Gheorghe Mihai approached his family that day, having already armed himself with a large kitchen knife and, seemingly, intent on using it. Whilst the argument may have started over money, he has never explained why he attacked his sister-in-law so viciously.

“It was only the brave action of the victim’s husband who defended his wife that stopped Mihai’s frenzied attack, fortunately the victim has recovered from her injuries.”

Notes to editors

Gheorge Mihai (DOB: 17/11/1979) was found guilty of one count of attempted murder, contrary to section 1 of the criminal attempts acts 1981 and one count of having an offensive weapon, contrary to section 1 of the prevention of crime act 1953.

Douglas Marshall is a Senior Crown Prosecutor with West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service.

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