Victim 'lucky to be alive' after having 'throat slit' in unprovoked Hull horror attack after night out

Eugen Militaru was jailed for eight years after being branded a dangerous offender
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A violent and "out of control" troublemaker could easily have killed a man after he viciously slashed the victim's throat during a frightening unprovoked attack with a "highly dangerous" knife in the early hours of the morning.

It was only by pure chance that the victim did not die after having his "throat slit" and he lost a lot of blood at the scene before being taken to hospital. The victim had suffered nightmares after the attack and he believed that he was "lucky to be alive".

The knifeman was later found to have filmed himself for a video showing him posing with a gun and doing what looked like "a James Bond impression" while showing off his "physical prowess", Hull Crown Court heard. He will now be behind bars for years after being branded a dangerous offender.

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Eugen Militaru, 41, of Grove Street, off Beverley Road, Hull, admitted wounding the man with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, assaulting a second man and having a blade in public on August 12 last year. He was originally accused of attempted murder but that charge was dropped.

Michele Stuart-Lofthouse, prosecuting, said that two men were walking home in Hull city centre in the early hours after a night out. They heard and saw Militaru, who is Romanian, in a confrontation with a group of young people outside the Primark store.

"The defendant was shouting at them and they looked frightened," said Miss Stuart-Lofthouse.

One of the two men asked Militaru: "Are you all right?" but Militaru forcefully headbutted him in the face and swung punches at both men, which missed. The man who had been headbutted briefly managed to restrain Militaru, who shouted at him in a foreign language and pulled out what looked to be a gun.

He put it in the man's temple and he feared for his life. Militaru walked off towards Whitefriargate and the two men later saw him again outside a bar in Silver Street. Militaru approached them and was shouting.

He grabbed hold of the man who had been headbutted and dragged him to the ground, causing a cut lip during the incident. The second man intervened and allowed his companion to get up.

Militaru struck out with one of his hands at the second man's throat with something that looked shiny. The victim shouted: "My throat" and Militaru ran off. The first man saw blood streaming from the other man's throat. It was thought that a razor-type knife was used.

Another man came to help and an ambulance and the police were alerted. The victim lost a significant amount of blood at the scene and he was taken to Hull Royal Infirmary for treatment to four wounds to his neck, below his windpipe and below his left ear.

"There was no injury, thank goodness, to the blood vessels in and around the neck," said Miss Stuart-Lofthouse. The wounds were sealed using sterilised strips. Militaru was arrested near the scene of the incident.

He was under the influence of alcohol and he was swearing in his own language. He seemed to knock something off the top of a nearby bin and police discovered a bloodied blade that was four or five inches long. A broken toy gun was found outside a pub.

Judge John Thackray KC said that a video was found of Militaru doing what looked like "a James Bond impression" while posing with a gun. He was also, in a video, "showing off his physical prowess" and "doing some kind of violent kick, again posing with a gun".

During police interview, Militaru made no comment. He had a series of convictions in his home country and in Spain over a 20-year period, including being jailed for robbery, escaping from custody, theft and assault.

The stabbing victim later said: "My anxiety has been through the roof since this incident. I have been constantly looking over my shoulder and haven't wanted to even be in Hull.

"I have since left Hull and I am living with my Mum outside of the area. I don't want to be in Hull any more. I also feel on edge. I have been having regular nightmares about the incident and getting my throat cut.

"I don't think many people have their throat slit and I would not wish it to happen to anyone else. It's the worst situation I have been in, in my life.

"I have a two-inch scar in my jugular area. This will haunt me and remind me of this incident forever." He believed that he was "lucky to be alive".

The headbutting victim, who saw what happened to the man injured by the knife, said: "This incident has really affected me and I think about it a lot. I have been having nightmares about it and it wakes me up from sleeping.

"I have never seen someone's throat slit before and have never had a gun pointed at me and I don't think that anyone should have to see that.

"I am struggling with my mental health because of this and I am currently receiving support from agencies."

David Godfrey, mitigating, said that offences such as the knife incident were traumatic for the victim and had a significant effect. "While it could have been terrible, it wasn't," said Mr Godfrey.

"It's a very troubling offence. He acknowledges that this sort of behaviour is a significant concern. He knows that he has got to stop and that he has got to change.

"He accepts his offending in full. He wishes to express his regret."

Militaru's previous convictions were concerning. He had been using his time in custody on remand productively. He had a wife in Spain and an adult son.

Judge Thackray told Militaru: "The public are understandably fed up of city centre and town centre violence. It deters decent people from going out and socialising and this is an extremely serious example of its kind.

"You were totally out of control and, in a completely unprovoked attack, you terrorised two men, who were doing no more than making their way home. You could so easily have killed one of them because, using your knife, you attacked the delicate structures of the neck.

"Only good fortune prevented a fatality. He must have been terrified. It was a prolonged and persistent attack and you were in possession of a highly dangerous weapon."

Militaru was jailed for eight years after being branded a dangerous offender and he will be on extended licence of two years after his release from custody.