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Sex predator posing as charity collector jailed as judge brands him ‘danger to lone women’

A SEX monster who posed as a charity collector to sexually assault a string of female victims has been jailed after a judge branded him a ‘danger to lone women’.

Vaseli Baicu, 26, attacked various women including an 80-year-old stroke victim and a 92-year-old dementia sufferer in their homes.

A court heard how the Romanian national (pictured) pounced on his victims after pretending to collect for a charity which assisted the blind and the deaf.

On one occasion he approached an 18-year-old woman from behind before groping her breasts, grabbing her bottom and trying to kiss her on the lips.

He also targeted elderly victims after tricking his way into their homes and groped them as he asked: ‘You no want sex?’

Police traced Baicu to his address in Radford, Coventry, as a result of CCTV recordings and forensic evidence where his partner informed them he was travelling to Italy.

He was stopped and arrested as he entered Denmark from Sweden after a European arrest warrant was obtained.

Baicu pleaded guilty to four charges of sexual assault, two of burglary, one of trespass with intent to commit a sexual offence and one of fraud.

He was jailed for three years and nine months at Warwick Crown Court yesterday and will only be released when the Parole Board consider it safe to do so.

Sentencing, Judge Peter Cooke told him through a Romanian interpreter: ‘I have to deal with you for eight offences.

‘Five of them were sexual in nature, perpetrated against seven different women in the space of less than three weeks.

‘I can only agree with the author of the pre-sentence report that you meet the criteria to be regarded as a dangerous offender.

‘You present a danger to members of the public, and particularly to lone females.

‘If anyone is in any doubt that that is the position, they can only contemplate that over a period of less than three weeks you committed eight offences, five of them of a sexual nature against seven women.

‘Of course you are a danger.’

Prosecutor Richard McConaghy said Baicu operated across Coventry pretending to be a charity worker throughout July 2018.

He added: ‘He approached women and either sexually touched them or took or attempted to take property from them, and on occasions this involved him entering their homes.’

The court heard Baicu approached an 18-year-old woman in Radford with a clipboard on July 2.

Mr McConaghy added: ‘He walked straight up to her and kissed her on the cheek and tried to kiss her on the lips, but she moved her head and told him to get off.

‘He tried five or six times to kiss her lips.’

In the hope he would leave her alone, she put her name on the clipboard and walked away, but he followed her and grabbed her from behind, cupping her breasts with his hands.

She managed to push him away, but he spun her round, grabbed hold of her and pulled her towards him before putting his arm round her and squeezing her bottom.

Mr McConaghy said the young woman broke free again, but he persisted in following her and tried to kiss her again before she finally managed to get away.

Baicu then turned up on the doorstep of a 52-year-old woman in Radford and pointed at the clipboard, pretending he could not speak, indicating that he wanted a donation.

He then grabbed her arm and began to kiss it before leaving, and she saw him going to the nearby home of an 81-year-old woman, so took a picture of him on her phone.

At the pensioner’s home he again presented the clipboard before kissing her arm from her hand up to her neck and then asking for a drink of water.

But, concerned that he was trying to get into the house, she said she did not have a tap – and shut the door in his face.

His final victim was a 92-year-old dementia sufferer, and after he had gone she phoned her daughter to say a man had been to her house and had taken some of her things.

Her daughter went round and found the old lady’s purse, which contained about £600, had been taken from a drawer.

Neil Davies, defending, said: ‘Clearly we cannot argue that the victims were not vulnerable.

‘But the defendant’s version is that he was knocking on doors in a random fashion, attempting to obtain money by deception.’

Baicu was also ordered to register as a sex offender for life.