A jilted husband who battered his cheating wife’s former lover after flying into a jealous rage has been jailed.
Leonard Agafitei, 39, repeatedly punched and kicked his love rival who was a colleague of his wife at a care home.
The victim, who had had an affair with Agafitei’s wife, suffered a smashed jaw and horrific facial injuries in the November 4 ‘ambush’.
Romanian-born Agafitei, of Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, admitted maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm.
Leonard Agafitei, 39, repeatedly punched and kicked his love rival outside a care home in Coventry and has been jailed for just over two years
On March 19 he was jailed for two years and three months at Warwick Crown Court.
Judge Barry Berlin observed: ‘This was a premeditated ambush. He was lying in wait, and he attacked him.
‘The affair finished in July or August, and this happened in November.
‘My reading of this is that he was lying in wait. He knew where he was and attacked him, and the reason was that he was seeking revenge.
‘I recognise the instinct of jealousy, but it’s one thing to have jealousy, it’s quite another to instigate a premeditated act.’
Addressing Agafitei, the judge told said: ‘Your wife had been in a relationship with [the victim] which had ended in July 2019.
‘In my judgement, you set out at some point to seek revenge and to hurt him.
‘He worked as a care assistant at the care home, and on November 4 you went outside the bin store and you ambushed him there in what was a revenge attack.
‘You viciously attacked him in a sustained attack, breaking his jaw, kicking him when he was unconscious on the ground.
‘I have seen his face, it is covered in blood.
‘This happened at his place of work, and it was a premeditated ambush.’
Warwick Crown Court heard that Agefitei’s wife had an affair with the victim, which ended after the ‘premeditated ambush’ on November 4
The court heard Agafitei’s wife had an affair with the man but it had ended when he attacked him outside the care home in Coventry.
Omar Majid, prosecuting, said: ‘At 9.15pm he [the victim] went outside to take the bins out.
‘As he turned to go back inside, he was approached by Agafitei who asked if he was John, which he denied, fearing he would be attacked if he confirmed that he was.
‘He then felt contact with his chin and blacked out.
‘He woke in the foetal position and felt a kick and blacked out again. He was located by two colleagues who found him in a pool of his blood.’
When the police later turned up at Agafitei’s home to arrest him, they found bloodied clothing in the washing machine, which had been turned on.
Seamran Sidhu, defending, said: ‘He found out about the affair in June time.
‘They went on holiday to Romania, and on returning in August she said she had had intercourse with the complainant again.
‘When he saw the complainant in November, he lost his temper. He had gone to pick up his wife from work, and saw the complainant.
‘It’s when he saw him that the anger came out.
‘It was a one-off offence in unique circumstances.’