Stalker jailed for grievous bodily harm and harassment

stalker jailed for grievous bodily harm and harassment

A man who stalked a woman before viciously attacking her in Ealing has been jailed for grievous bodily harm and harassment.

Constantin Nantu, 35 of no fixed address of was found guilty at Isleworth Crown Court on Thursday, 21 March.

Nantu, who was arrested and charged on Thursday, 3 January, was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment for causing grievous bodily harm and two years’ imprisonment for the harassment offence. Sentences will be served concurrently.

The court heard how the victim, a woman aged 30s, was followed and attacked by Nantu in the street.

At around 9.50pm on Tuesday, 1 January, Nantu waited for the victim on Gorst Road, NW10. He hid behind a car, and when she passed by, he set upon her, viciously punching her to the back of the head and knocking her to the ground. He continued to punch her as she lay defenceless, desperately attempting to get away.

The woman was found in the road suffering from injuries that were so severe that the initial call to police said that the victim had been involved in a hit and run collision.

The victim suffered bruising and cuts to both her eyes, elbows and knees. She also complained of pain to her ribs and was taken to St Mary’s Hospital for treatment. She has now been discharged.

Judge Curtis-Raleigh described the offence as a cowardly and despicable premeditated attack which was the product of jealousy and rage.

Enquiries by police established that Nantu had gone to the victim’s place of work on a number of occasions including on 29 December 2018, just three days before the attack.

Nantu had previously been involved in a relationship with the victim and was furious that the relationship had ended and she had begun to enjoy socialising again.

Detective Sergeant Hannah Rudd, said: “Nantu lay in wait for the victim, approaching her from behind whilst she was talking on her mobile phone. His attack on her was vicious and relentless. He clearly could not accept the relationship he had with her was over and that she was moving on with her life. Instead of spending a happy New Year ’s Day, the victim found herself in hospital being treated for serious injuries.

“I sincerely hope that the sentence handed down by the court provides some closure to what has been a very traumatic and difficult time.”

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