Jealous man laid siege to a massage parlour after discovering his girlfriend with a punterCristian Barbu, 26, went on a violent rampage at Passions, on Great Ancoats Street, after being tipped off his girlfriend was secretly working there
A jealous man laid siege to a massage parlour after discovering his girlfriend in a room with a punter.
Cristian Barbu, 26, went on a violent rampage at Passions, on Great Ancoats Street, Manchester, after being tipped off his girlfriend was secretly working there.
The unwitting punter who had ‘booked’ Barbu’s girlfriend was subjected to a 45-minute, stop-start beating.
The man had locked himself in the room – but ‘highly emotional’ Barbu kicked the door down and set upon him, a Manchester Crown Court sentencing heard.
By that stage Barbu had already attacked his girlfriend, who ran from the room nude after realising he was there.
She was kicked and chased around the parlour before being dragged across the corridor by her hair.
On first entering the premises demanding to see his girlfriend – slipping past a customer who was leaving – Barbu ripped out the landline, confiscated the receptionist’s phone, and armed himself with a knife from the kitchen.
Over the next hour he terrorised staff, his girlfriend and her client, stripping down to his vest and charging to and fro with the knife.
Barbu, of Delaunays Road, Cheetham Hill, has now been jailed for 32 months after admitting assault causing actual bodily harm, common assault, possessing a bladed article and criminal damage in the incident on the night of May 3 last year. He faces automatic deportation to Romania, where he has previous convictions for robbery and escape.
Prosecutor Craig MacGregor told court two other women who worked at the premises - under the names ‘Heidi’ and ‘Monica’ - turned up to start work in the middle of the incident.
Heidi tried to leave but Barbu bundled her back in. In between hitting and kicking the man who had been in the room with his girlfriend, who was known to customers as ‘Magdalena’, Barbu paused to smoke cigarettes – and to kiss the hand of the receptionist, who he had refused to let leave the premises.
The venue’s security man and the owners turned up during the incident after news of the trouble reached a sister venue.The security man tried to disarm Barbu, who bit him on the bicep in the struggle.
The siege finally ended when the lady owner pulled back Barbu’s thumb, causing him to drop the knife, before everyone piled on top of him, pinning him down. By that stage the punter and Magdalena had fled the scene separately. Neither assisted with the prosecution.
Craig MacGregor, prosecuting, told court Barbu had been led to believe by his girlfriend that she was working at a shisha cafe, but ‘wanted to see with his own eyes what she was up to’ after learning this was untrue.
Khadim Al’Hassan, defending Barbu, who has since married another woman and had a baby, said: “The defendant had been in a serious relationship with the complainant, and they were to set up home together in the long term.
When he was told by a friend that she was not working in a cafe the ground upon which he was walking was suddenly swept away from him.
“He admits that what happened was that he lost control - he was in such shock, he simply lost it and couldn’t see clearly at that time.
"His only wish would be to allow him to go back to Romania and serve his sentence there. He wishes to be deported back – his wife and his child are almost destitute without his income and that causes him immense pain.
“If there’s anything he could do to recompense the massege parlour he would, but he has no means at all.”
Sentencing, Judge Hilary Manley told Barbu: “When you discovered the true nature of your girlfriend’s employment you lost control - that loss of control was extremely prolonged.”http://oldestprof.com/index.php/crimewa ... h-a-punter