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Popescu pleaded guilty to attempting to murder Andreea Pintili in December 2023

A “jealous” man who stabbed his heavily pregnant ex-girlfriend as she walked home has been jailed for 17 years and four months.

Daniel Popescu, 29, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to attempting to murder Andreea Pintili in Aberfan, Merthyr Tydfil, on 5 December 2023, as well as stalking offences.

Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court heard he became obsessed with Ms Pintili after finding out he would not be involved in his unborn child’s life.

“His intention that day was to kill me and my unborn child,” she said in her victim impact statement.

Popescu will serve two-thirds of his sentence in prison before he can be considered for release and will also serve three years on licence.

Prosecutor John Hipkin KC told the court Popescu had been in a relationship with Ms Pintilli from September 2020 until August 2023, when she ended it over his gambling habit.

He then became obsessed with her and, between 25 October and 5 December, stalked and harassed Ms Pintili by following her and attempting to call her from withheld numbers.

He also posted a video of her on TikTok, sat outside her home and left his clothes in two black bags on her doorstep before leaving her a voicemail saying: “I’m not going anywhere until you get back with me.”

Popescu was arrested and told to not contact Ms Pintilli, who had moved to Aberfan.

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Andreea Pintili was pregnant when she was stabbed

On 5 December, Ms Pintelli heard footsteps behind her after leaving her home at 07:45.

She was grabbed and then stabbed a number of times by Popescu with an 8-inch (20cm) knife.

The court heard her instinct was to protect her unborn child as she was 37 weeks pregnant.

Popescu told her: “I have a knife and I am going to kill you.”

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Daniel Mihai Popescu was sleeping rough at the time of the stabbing

The court was shown CCTV of the incident which included screams from a passer-by who ran over and tried to stop Popescu, who then fled the scene.

Popescu was described by Ms Pintilli as a jealous man who could not face the fact they had split up.

In her victim personal statement read to the court she said: “I feel lucky to be alive after this harrowing experience.

“He told me he had a knife and to get into the house. I have no doubt if I went in to the house he would have killed me.”

For the defence, David Aubrey KC told the court that, despite the terror Ms Pintilli was subjected to, “the physical harm was not serious”.

He said Popescu was sleeping rough at the time of the stabbing andhad been told he was the child’s father, but would not be a part of their life.

He said Popescu suffered with low mood and anxiety and had a history of losing his temper and getting angry.

“He does not argue this was justification of what he did,” Mr Aubrey said.

“And he has expressed his remorse which is genuine.”

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