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Man who burned partner’s face with cigarettes and beat her for months put behind bars

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A man who beat his partner so badly she sustained a bleed on her brain and permanent scarring to her face has been jailed.

Vicentiu Luca Calin, 29, of Northbrook Road, Ilford, violently assaulted his partner repeatedly over a three-month period between October 2020 and December 2020, while the pair were staying in a hotel together.

Police have revealed how Calin “ tortured” the woman by “burning her face and body with lit cigarettes” and beating her with hotel room furniture.

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A friend of the survivor , who was 26 at the time, came up to police officers on January 1 while they were on another call, to tell them the woman had been kidnapped and seriously assaulted by Calin.

Calin was arrested for multiple offences on Sunday, January 3, when officers who located him found the vehicle he was using was covered in blood.

He was sentenced to eight-and-a-half years’ imprisonment at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday, November 5, 2021.

Calin had previously pleaded guilty to GBH with intent, actual bodily harm and assault by beating at an earlier hearing on Tuesday, August 24.

An additional charge of false imprisonment will lie on file.

The survivor told police how Calin had repeatedly assaulted her between October and December last year, while the pair were in a relationship.

Between the Christmas Day and December 27, 2020, Calin attacked her so severely she had a bleed on her brain and permanent scarring to her face.

He wouldn’t let her speak to her family, stopped her from getting help and even threatened to kill her.

During thir relationship he tortured the survivor, burning her face and body with lit cigarettes and beating her using furniture from the hotel room.

Calin admitted he had caused the facial injuries using lit cigarettes ‘because the woman spent too long looking in the mirror, and that she believed that she was pretty’.

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The woman now has permanent scarring to her face and body, as well as a numbness to her lips which impacts her ability to speak, eat and drink.

On Sunday, December 27, the survivor convinced Calin to let her go out to speak to her friends, to prevent them becoming concerned about her and raising the alarm.

In this time, she got a taxi to another hotel, seeking refuge, and soon after went with a friend to get treatment at a nearby hospital for her injuries.

Detective Constable Amy Campion said: “I would like to pay tribute to the survivor for having the courage to come forward and give evidence in this case.

“She has shown tremendous courage throughout this investigation, from the initial allegation to her attendance at court and her ability to speak out about the horrendous domestic abuse that she has suffered at the hands of Calin.

“With her bravery and assistance in this case, we have ensured that this dangerous offender was brought to justice and ultimately received a lengthy custodial sentence at court.

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“The Metropolitan Police continue to be committed to the investigation of domestic abuse and suppressing violence against women and girls, and will strive to bring any offenders to justice.”

Detective Sergeant Janet Glover of the North East BCU Public Protection Unit said: “This was a complex investigation that was carried out diligently by my colleague Detective Constable Campion.

“She worked tirelessly with the victim in this case ensuring that she had the necessary support to see this case through to court.”

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