Teen girl whipped with belt

Judge Ian Pringle

Judge Ian Pringle

First published in News Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter. Call me on (01865) 425373

A BUILDER has avoided jail after whipping a teenage girl with a belt buckle and throwing a television set on to her foot.

Florinel Plugaru, of Blackbird Leys Road, Blackbird Leys, admitted two counts of child cruelty and received a suspended sentence in Oxford Crown Court on Tuesday.

Hugh Williams, prosecuting, said the charges related to two occasions when the 39-year-old “wilfully assaulted” a girl who cannot be named for legal reasons.

He told Judge Ian Pringle the crimes took place between December 2009 and June last year in the Oxford area.

Mr Williams said on the first occasion Plugaru wrapped a piece of elastic with hooks on it around the girl’s head and mouth so she could not cry out.

He said: “He hit her with a belt to the face, using it so the buckle hit her in the eye. She was left with a black eye and couldn’t go out for a week.

“The prosecution would say that she was very lucky not to be more seriously injured.”

He said the next incident took place on June 22 last year when Plugaru grabbed his victim by the hair, bit her face and threw a TV at her, striking her foot. Timothy Greaves, defending, said his client had been very drunk on both occasions and deeply regretted his actions.

He said: “When these offences were committed he was so intoxicated, so out of control, that he could not recall exactly what he had done.”

Judge Pringle said the attacks were “shocking” and easily passed the threshold for custody, but he had received a letter from the complainant asking him not to jail Plugaru.

He said: “You committed these offences because you drank to excess. If you can’t stop drinking to excess, do not drink alcohol at all.”

Plugaru was sentenced to an 18-month prison term, suspended for two years, with 180 hours of unpaid work and a supervision requirement. The defendant was also told to pay £510 costs and a £100 victims’ surcharge.


Our top stories:

Crash witnesses wanted after woman, 81, killed

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Friday 28th November 2014

AN ELDERLY woman has died crossing Lodge Hill, Abingdon.

Bright lights of Didcot bring in festive crowds

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Friday 28th November 2014

FACES lit up both with lights and joy as hundreds turned out for Didcot’s annual Christmas street fair yesterday.

Huge queues at Attenborough’s book signing

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Friday 28th November 2014

SIR David Attenborough fans queued for almost eight hours to meet the broadcaster and nature expert at a book signing in Oxford yesterday.

Protesters vocal as ex-EDL leader talks at Union

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Friday 28th November 2014

PROTESTERS gathered outside the Oxford Union on Wednesday night as co-founder of the English Defence League (EDL) Tommy Robinson gave a talk.

Green energy innovators get £1.7m funding

Oxford Mail: Nicola Blackwood MP

6:00am Friday 28th November 2014

AN Oxford company has been given almost £700,000 to help its mission to one day turn skyscrapers into giant solar power generators.

Bouncer gets six months’ jail after assaulting nightclubber

Oxford Mail: Scales of Justice

6:00am Friday 28th November 2014

A NIGHTCLUB bouncer has been jailed for grabbing a man by the throat and damaging his voice box.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree