Shocking moment Romanian robber posing as Amazon driver batters girl, 14, her aunt and grandmother in brutal robbery

Shocking moment Romanian robber posing as Amazon driver batters girl, 14, her aunt and grandmother in brutal robbery

10/14/2021

THIS is the shocking moment a man posing as an Amazon delivery driver battered a 14-year-old girl, her aunt and gran in a brutal robbery.

Sandel Hornea, 36, called at the family's home in Luton, Beds, wearing a Hi-Viz jacket and carrying a parcel.



CCTV footage, shown on 24-Hours in Police Custody, captured him ringing the doorbell and immediately punching a 14-year-old girl in the face when she opened the door.

The girl was knocked unconscious as Hornea entered the home before hitting the girl's screaming grand, 61, in the head – also knocking her out.

He went on to drag the pair through the hallway and into their kitchen when a third woman, the teen's aunt, came downstairs.

Hornea punched her five times in the face and forced her into the kitchen too.

Hornea, who moved to the UK in 2018 after serving 11 and a half years in prison in Romania, went on to steal a satellite TV box, Nintendo Wii and a games console before fleeing the house.

Later that day, he fled to his home country of Romania on a plane before he was apprehended via a European Arrest Warrant and extradited to the UK on February 11 this year.

He pleaded guilty to robbery, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and two counts of wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

Hornea later told his solicitors that he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol and that he had been told by someone else to commit the robbery and assaults.

Sentencing, Judge Mark Bishop said that Hornea's previous custodial sentences were an aggravating factor in the severity of his prison term.

Hornea served 11 and a half years in prison in Romania for a string of offences including assault, sex trafficking and controlling a child aged between 13 and 17 for prostitution.

'TARGETED ATTACK'

In his remarks, Judge Bishop said; "It's clear that this attack was targeted and pre-planned.

"This is something obvious by your subterfuge being dressed as an Amazon delivery driver, carrying what looked like a delivery.

"Your use of violence was immediate and ruthless and chilling to watch."

Sentencing him, he added: "This was a shocking and savage attack on three women aged between 14 and 61 in their own home that left two of them unconscious – one with fractures to her face, and having to undergo an operation, and another with two bleeds on her brain.

"The third was punched four times to the face and was left with bruising."

This was a shocking and savage attack on three women aged between 14 and 61 in their own home that left two of them unconscious – one with fractures to her face, and having to undergo an operation, and another with two bleeds on her brain.

The 14-year-old victim suffered fractures to her face, while the 61-year-old victim suffered two bleeds on her brain – both were hospitalised. The third victim sustained bruising to her face.

A victim statement from the teenage victim, summarised in court by the judge, said that she often has nightmares about her house being broken into.

Judge Bishop said: "She no longer feels safe at home, which is a place that she should feel safe in.

"When the doorbell rings she feels as if she wants to run away. She now has anxiety and stress."

Hornea, of Luton, must serve a minimum of 11 years of his 16-year prison sentence before he is eligible for parole.

It comes as cops hunt two men pretending to be police officers attempted to break into a family home.

The men were dressed in crude police uniforms, including caps and lanyards, during the chilling incident in Barking, East London, on Tuesday.

We've also previously reported how an armed thug posing as an Amazon driver brandished a sawn-off shotgun in a dad's face as he opened the door.

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