A dad-to-be who stabbed his pregnant girlfriend with a pair of scissors then went to "visit the Queen" as she lay dying has been jailed for life.
Ioan Campeanu, 44, plunged the blade into 28-year-old Andra Hilitanu’s neck in a "final act of brutality" last June after years of domestic violence.
Afterwards, he was captured on CCTV footage leaving the scene in Neasden, north-west London, and going for a drive around central London.
He drove around the capital, past Buckingham Palace, as Andra died alone, before returning to his flat and calling 999, the Old Bailey heard.
The court was told the victim’s 40 stab injuries were all "survivable" and it was possible it could have taken more than 20 minutes for her to die.
In his chilling 999 call, Campeanu – who waited a sickening two hours to raise the alarm – told the operator: "She’s dead, I killed her."
He added that he had done it with scissors.
The defendant was found guilty of seven-month-pregnant Andra’s murder and the destruction of their unborn daughter last month.
And today, he was locked up for life for his horrific crime.
He was told he must serve at least 26 years behind bars, with 14 years for the death of the child to run concurrently.
Sentencing Campeanu, Mr Justice Jacobs said Andra, who had been expecting her third child, suffered a "horrible" death alone.
She suffered dozens of stab wounds, including four to the neck, as well as other blunt force injuries during the attack, the court heard.
The senior judge rejected Campeanu’s claim that his victim had inflicted wounds on her pelvis herself because she did not want her baby.
He told him: "This was a prolonged and brutal attack in which you showed her no mercy. The terror and agony which she must have suffered are awful to contemplate."
Earlier, in mitigation, Michael Bromley-Martin QC said: "I described this as a horror case and a lesson perhaps in the dreadful end of the inevitable spiral caused by addiction to drugs and in particular to cocaine."
He said the defendant was in such as state after stabbing his girlfriend that he "had it in his mind to visit Buckingham Palace to ask the Queen for medical assistance".
But Brian O’Neill QC, prosecuting, said "self-induced intoxication" was no mitigation and pointed out Campeanu had denied any mental health problems when he was seen by two social workers the day before the killing.
The trial had heard the murder came after years of domestic violence at the hands of the defendant, who was brought up in a "brutal" Romanian orphanage.
He had previous convictions in Romania and England for robbery, theft and criminal damage, using crime to finance his drug addiction.
The court was told Andra’s cousin had previously seen Campeanu kick her in the groin, saying: "I’ll kill you Andra, I’ll eat your flesh."
The mum was found by police in the bathroom of the couple’s flat on June 1, 2018, after Campeanu finally called the emergency services.
She had suffered multiple stab wounds and tragically could not be saved.
Jurors were shown CCTV images of her murderer leaving the scene at 12.44am that morning, before driving into central London.
He later returned to Neasden.
At an earlier court hearing, Mr O’Neill said: "No-one else other than this defendant could have killed Andra, it being his final act of brutality against her after months and years of violence."
He added: "He attacked her and their unborn child, plunging a pair of scissors into her neck and leaving them both to die as he went for a drive."
On the night of May 31, the couple’s neighbour had complained to their landlord that he could hear them fighting, the court heard.
Andra could be heard screaming and repeatedly saying "da, da, da", which translates to "yes, yes, yes", jurors were previously told.
Shortly after midnight, Campeanu phoned his daughter in London to say he had "got rid of her", the Old Bailey heard.
The daughter said she was aware her dad and Andra were using drugs that were making him "confused and destroying him", Mr O’Neill said.
She also said he "had not wanted any more children".
After the killing, jurors were told that Campeanu left the flat and took his red Mazda for a spin, only later alerting the emergency services.
A pair of scissors were found covered in Andra’s blood at the scene.
A Romanian interpreter translated the trial to Campeanu, of Neasden, who denied both murder and child destruction.
The defendant was unanimously found guilty by a majority of 10 to two in December after six hours of deliberations.
Andra was one of four siblings who were brought close together following the death of their parents early in life.
Her brave older sister, Ramona Hilitanu, said in a victim impact statement that her "future was taken away in a cruel manner".
She said: "I do not hate Ioan Campeanu. I am not a hateful person. I am sad at what he has done.
"I am also frustrated at the way in which he left Andra to die.
"Ioan Campeanu could have sought help from so many sources and yet chose to do nothing. I will never be able to forget this fact."
Detective Inspector Jamie Stevenson, of Scotland Yard, previously said: "This was Campeanu’s final act of brutality against Andra after months and years of domestic violence.
"He attacked a defenceless Andra and their unborn child and plunged a pair of scissors into her neck.
"He then left them both to die as he went for a drive, deliberately not summoning help for more than two hours, cruelly ensuring that both Andra and the child she was carrying were dead."
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