May 2019

Darley Park sex attacker infected girl with disease while abusing her

A perverted sex attacker who defiled his teenage victim in Darley Park also infected her with a disease.

Romanian national Cristian Mihai began groping the teenage girl  in the ladies’ toilets.

He approached her from behind while she was washing her hands and began kissing and “slobbering” over her.

The 40-year-old then rubbed himself on the girl and placed his hands on her bottom without her consent.

After the terrified victim eventually managed to escape, doctors discovered that a number of open wounds on her hands had been infected and had to be treated with antibiotics.

Mihai was handed a 16-month prison sentence after which he may be deported back to Romania, where his wife and two children live.

The pervert appeared in Derby Crown Court in front of Judge Jonathan Bennett yesterday, speaking through a translator.

He had previously pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity to the sexual assault at around 1.30pm on April 12.

Edna Leonard, prosecuting, said: “The victim had gone to the café in the park. She went off to the ladies’ toilets while her mother waited for her.

“While she was in there, she was washing her hands. She had bandages on her hands.

“The defendant approached her, took her hand and began kissing her hands. ‘Slobbering over her hands’, as she put it.

“He grabbed her by the wrist and he was rubbing himself against her as though he was having sex with her.

“He had his head leant towards her breast and placed his hands on her bottom.

“She was doing her best to get away from him and on doing so she twisted her wrist.”

The victim eventually managed to get out of the toilets. A man who was guiding his mother to the same toilets witnessed the victim come out.  

Miss Leonard said: “She was crying and clearly distressed.

“She warned his mother not to go into the toilets because there was a man in there who had just assaulted her.

“The witness then went in to the toilet. He found the defendant in a cubicle.

“He was looking at his crotch area and he could have had an erection.

“When the witness asked him what he was doing, he replied with ‘no English’, but he had said during that assault: ‘Do you speak Italian? Do you speak Spanish?’”

The witness blocked the exit to the toilet and the police were called.

Miss Leonard explained the impact the assault has had on the victim: “She does not like men being near her now. She doesn’t like being home alone now either.

“Her hand had some open wounds on it which became infected and she had to have antibiotics for that.”

Her mother spoke through an impact statement read out in court.

She said that her daughter had been reduced to tears: “She has lost her small amount of independence.

“She can’t go to the toilet any more on her own. She is having therapy and finding it very hard to talk through her fears.”

The court heard how Mihai had no previous UK convictions but had some in Romania for theft and robbery, for which he went to prison.

Michael Caine-Soothill, defending, said: “There is not a great deal that can be said in mitigation.

“He has never behaved in this way before and it is out of character for him.

“He would say to the court, through me, that he is deeply ashamed, so much so that he cannot bring himself to tell his family.

“He goes over and over what has happened in his head. He blames himself for this, not the victim.”

In sentencing Mihai, Judge Jonathan Bennett said: “You are 40 years of age. You have been in this country for a short period of time, I believe from January this year.

“This is a serious offence and it is an offence that has had a massive impact on the victim and her family.

“She showed great bravery and hurt her wrist in the process but she managed to get away.

“You did, of course, plead guilty and that is the one good thing that can be said on your behalf.

“It shows remorse, perhaps, but it also means that the victim does not have to relive the experience in a trial.”

Judge Bennett sentenced Mihai to 16 months in prison, after which he may be deported, depending on the decision of the Secretary of State.

He is also subject to a three-year restraining order, meaning he must not contact the victim directly or indirectly or go to Darley Park.

He was also given a Sexual Offences Prevention Order for 10 years.