A man who threatened to eat his heavily pregnant girlfriend before stabbing her to death with a pair of scissors beat her up for not making him dinner, a court heard. Ioan Campeanu, 43, allegedly attacked 28-year-old Andra Hilitanu in the bathroom at their home in Neasden, northwest London, in the early hours of June 1, killing his unborn child.
The mother, who was seven months pregnant with third child, suffered multiple injuries including a fatal neck wound.
Campeanu later told police: “She’s dead, I killed her.”
Tonka Nikolova, the couple’s Bulgarian flatmate, lived with her boyfriend in the room next door to them between October 2016 and May 2018.
She told jurors through an interpreter that Campeanu often hit Ms Hilitanu and she sometimes found her crying on the kitchen floor covered in bruises.
Once she had a very bad black eye after he punched her in the face, the Old Bailey heard.
Prosecutor Brian O’Neill, QC, asked Ms Nikolova what reasons Ms Hilitanu gave for Campeanu attacking her.
Ms Nikolova told jurors she used to comfort Ms Hilitanu when she was crying and communicated with her using Google Translate and sign language.
On at least two occasions Ms Hilitanu took Ms Nikolova’s hand and put in on her head so she could feel the swellings from beatings inflicted by Campeanu, the court heard.
Jurors have heard Campeanu left the flat for an hour after the killing and took his red Mazda for a spin, only calling an ambulance 40 minutes after he got back to the flat.
He later told police he killed her with a pair of scissors, which were found covered in the victim’s blood at the scene.
Ms Hilitanu’s cousin, Roxana Dragoi, told investigators that she had previously witnessed the defendant telling his victim: “I’ll kill you Andra, I’ll eat your flesh.”
The trial continues.