A convicted killer has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 26 years for the “evil and depraved” rape and attempted murder of a stranger whom he left for dead in an alleyway in a Northamptonshire town.
Sergiu Boianjiu, 38, who came to Britain after serving 10 years in his homeland of Moldova for the murder of his girlfriend in 2002, was caught on CCTV in February as he raped and repeatedly stamped on the head of a woman in Wellingborough.
Footage recovered by police also showed Boianjiu, who thought he had killed the woman, leaving the scene to fetch a wheelie bin in which he tried to hide her apparently lifeless body. The woman was discovered by a passerby after several hours lying in the rain and cold.
A two-week trial at Northampton crown court heard that Boianjiu attacked the woman near a church as she was walking home from a night out in February. She was subjected to a 40-minute ordeal, receiving a life-threatening brain injury, and afterwards could remember nothing of being attacked.
Jurors unanimously convicted Boianjiu of attempted murder and a count of rape last month. He was found not guilty of a second rape charge, having admitted attempted rape.
Jailing Boianjiu on Friday, Judge David Herbert KC told him: “You repeatedly stamped on her head while she remained unconscious. It is clear from the evidence that after delivering a further six blows, you believed you had successfully killed her.”
The judge said the evidence showed Boianjiu was thinking clearly as he tried to cover up the offence at the scene, searching for evidence that might incriminate him.
Herbert added: “Your offending is aggravated by a conviction for intentional murder in Moldova. My assessment of you from all the evidence before me is that you are an extremely dangerous man.”
It emerged during the trial that Boianjiu had been convicted of theft from a school and “deliberate murder” at Moldova’s Riscani district court on 9 October 2009.
His lawyers attempted to prevent jurors from being told any details of the conviction for killing 19-year-old Ludmila Nour, whose body was hidden in a drainage shaft in a forest. Boianjiu’s barrister claimed the conviction would assume a prejudicial dominance and be “an enormous knockout blow” in the trial, but it was ruled to be admissible after legal argument.
Jurors were also told that after the killing in 2002, Boianjiu, a former school caretaker, travelled to Moscow and Vladivostok in Russia, and he was not extradited back to Moldova until 2008. Court documents from Moldova showed that the cause of Nour’s death could not be established but “blunt trauma” to the ribcage was found, including seven fractures.
The trial heard that Boianjiu was released early from a 14-year sentence on 6 July 2018, but it was not told how or when he entered the UK or what checks were done to establish his past history.
The court heard that he was observed groping women in a nightclub hours before the offences.
During his closing speech to the jury, the prosecutor Gordon Aspden KC said: “The ugly truth here is that this exceptionally dangerous man, for his own selfish reasons, chose to carry out an attack of quite desolating wickedness against a complete stranger. His intention was to rape and ultimately to kill her. His behaviour was evil and depraved.”
Aspden said Boianjiu was arrested while sitting in a friend’s car hours after returning to his shared occupancy home.
DetCh Insp Liz Wilcox said: “I welcome the lengthy sentence handed out to Sergiu Boianjiu today as it means that he is no longer able to harm anyone else. This case has been very traumatic for the young woman involved and I hope today’s sentencing provides her with some closure. She has shown exceptional courage throughout our investigation and I hope that, with the help of her great support network, she will be able to continue to move forward. Sergiu Boianjiu presents an extraordinary danger to women.”