‘Gloating’ husband, 35, is jailed for 20 years after he tried to kill his ex by strangling her, cutting her throat and stabbing her in the head
- Ionut Topsac sent a series of threatening messages in the days before the attack
- He travelled to his wife’s caravan on a farm in Lutton, Lincolnshire
- The victim is still suffering with lasting physical and psychological effects
A man who tried to kill his estranged wife by strangling her, cutting her throat and stabbing her in the head has been jailed for 20 years.
Ionut Topsac, 35, said ‘did you think you were going to get away from me?’ as his terrified victim screamed for mercy, a court heard.
He sent her a series of threatening messages in the days before the attack which took place in Lutton, Lincolnshire.
Ionut Topsac, 35, tried to kill his estranged wife by strangling her, cutting her throat and stabbing her in the head. He has been jailed for 20 years
Topsac travelled from his home in Staffordshire to the farm where his estranged wife was staying in the early hours of September 7 last year.
He crept into her caravan and started to strangle her as she slept in ‘a pre-planned attempt to kill.’
He also left a six-inch knife wound to her throat and stabbed her in the head and hands.
Topsac left her for dead and even texted people ‘gloating’ that he had killed her. He was arrested by police three hours later.
The victim, who broke up with Topsac because of his domestic violence, had hours of emergency surgery for her injuries and still suffers with physical and psychological effects.
Judge Adrienne Lucking said: ‘Mrs Topsac had woken in her caravan, her home, as you were trying to suffocate her, strangling her with both hands around her neck.
‘She began screaming and you produced a black-handled kitchen knife from your pocket which you’d picked up inside the caravan, knowing where it would be, and threatening her with it you said ‘did you think you were going to get away from me?’
‘You caused her real psychological terror in the moments before you inflicted grave physical injuries on her, you slashed her throat once with the knife and then you ran away from the scene.’
Topsac travelled from his home in Staffordshire to the farm where his estranged wife was staying in Lutton, Lincolnshire, in the early hours of September 7 last year
Topsac admitted to one count of attempted murder and was sentenced to 20 years in Northampton Crown Court yesterday.
He will spend two-thirds in custody before he can be considered for release on licence.
He will also be on a five-year extended licence which is a sentence intended to protect the public from those judged to be dangerous sexual or violent offenders.
Investigating officer DS Mark Webb, of Kettering CID, said: ‘This was a horrifying case in which the victim very nearly lost her life at the hands of her jealous and violent ex-partner.
‘Topsac had already committed numerous assaults on her and as a result of this domestic violence she found the courage to end the relationship, only for him to continue to threaten her online and ultimately make this attempt on her life.
‘She only survived thanks to the quick thinking of the friends who came to her aid, and from evidence we recovered after the incident it became apparent that Topsac initially believed he had been successful in killing her.
‘Today’s sentence reflects the severity of Topsac’s attack and I hope it goes some way to help the victim continue to move forward positively in her life.’