Man jailed after stabbing 37 weeks pregnant woman on school run

A man who stabbed a woman who was pregnant with his child, on a street in South Wales, has been jailed for more than 17 years.

Daniel Mihai Popescu, 29, hid behind a parked car with a large knife and waited for Andreea Pintili to return home to Coronation Place, Aberfan, on December 5, 2023.

As she tried to run from him, she fell to the floor and Popescu repeatedly stabbed her.

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Ms Pintili, who was 29 at the time of the incident and 37 weeks pregnant with Popescu's child, was taken to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff for treatment and later discharged.

Schools were placed under lockdown for several hours during the incident.

Popescu pleaded guilty to attempted murder and stalking at a hearing earlier this year.

Appearing at Merthyr Crown Court on Tuesday, Judge Tracey Lloyd-Clarke, Recorder of Cardiff, handed Popescu a 20-year and four-month extended sentence, comprising 17 years and four months in jail and a further three years on licence, when he will be monitored.

Judge Lloyd-Clarke said the extended sentence was needed to "protect the public in the future" and despite his guilty pleas said it was "apparent you feel very little true remorse".

Popescu must serve two-thirds of his sentence behind bars before the parole board will consider whether he is safe to be released.

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