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Boyfriend ‘stabbed his pregnant girlfriend because he did not want more children’

Andra Hilitanu was found dead at the London flat she shared with her boyfriend in May

A man stabbed his pregnant girlfriend to death with scissors after saying he did not want any more children, a court heard.

Ioan Campeanu, 44, is on trial for murdering Andra Hilitanu, 28, and the destruction of their unborn child.

The Old Bailey heard today that crack cocaine user Campeanu had previously threatened to eat his girlfriend’s ‘flesh’ during violent domestic abuse.

Police found Miss Hilitanu’s body in the bathroom of the couple’s flat in Neasden, north-west London, on the night of May 31, after Campeanu called 999.

The court was told Campeanu told an call operator : ‘She’s dead, I killed her;’ adding that he had used ‘scissors’. 

Officers were ‘struck’ by how relaxed the defendant appeared and ‘was in no rush’ as he led them into the flat, prosecutor Brian O’Neill QC told The Old Bailey.   

Earlier that night, the couple’s neighbour complained to their landlord that he could hear them fighting, the court heard.

Miss Hilitanu could be heard screaming and repeatedly saying ‘da, da, da’, which translates to ‘yes, yes, yes’, jurors were told.

A court heard her abusive boyfriend had previously threatened to eat her and had kicked her

A court heard her abusive boyfriend had previously threatened to eat her and had kicked her

Shortly after midnight, Campeanu phoned his daughter in London to say he had ‘got rid of her’.

Ms Hilitanu’s cousin, Roxana Dragoi, told investigators that she had previously witnessed the defendant telling his victim: I’ll kill you Andra, I’ll eat your flesh.’ 

Ms Dragoi had also seen Campeanu kicking her cousin in the groin, the jury heard. 

Campeanu’s daughter said she was aware her father and Miss Hilitanu were using drugs that were making him ‘confused and destroying him’, Mr O’Neill said.

She also said her father ‘had not wanted any more children’, the court heard.

Jurors were told the couple were both ‘heavy abusers of Class A drugs’, in particular crack cocaine.

A Romanian interpreter translated the trial to Campeanu, who appeared in the dock in a grey tracksuit.

Campeanu has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and child destruction. The trial continues.

Ms Hilitanu body was found with stab wounds at a flat she shared in this Neasden building

Ms Hilitanu body was found with stab wounds at a flat she shared in this Neasden building

 

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