Fake Amazon delivery man, 36, faces years in prison for forcing his way into family home so he could beat and rob girl, 14, her aunt and grandmother in shocking attack broadcast on 24 Hours in Police Custody
- Sandel Hornea, 36, broke into a house in Luton in September 2019
- He approached the house with a hi-viz jacket and a package
- He attacked a 14-year-old girl, her aunt and her grandmother during an attack
- Hornea fled to Romania and was extradited to the UK in March
A fake Amazon delivery man who broke into his home before assaulting and robbing three women is being sentenced today.
Sandel Hornea, 36, was carrying a package and was wearing a safety jacket when he stormed the property when the front door was opened.
Inside, he attacked a 14-year-old girl, her aunt and her grandmother in a horrific assault that was caught on camera.
Sandel Hornea, 36, was carrying a package and was wearing a safety jacket when he stormed the property when the front door of the Luton, Bedfordshire property opened in September 2019.
Hornea forced herself into the house and assaulted a 14-year-old girl, her aunt and her grandmother during the burglary
He pleaded guilty to two counts of grievous bodily harm and one each of actual bodily harm and theft at Luton Crown Court
The women suffered serious injuries after the attack at their home in Luton, Bedfordshire in September 2019.
Hornea later fled the UK to his home country of Romania. He was extradited back to the United Kingdom in March of this year.
He pleaded guilty to two counts of grievous bodily harm and one each of actual bodily harm and theft.
The case was recently featured in the Channel 4 documentary 24 Hours in Police Custody.
Hornea, from Luton, will be sentenced this afternoon in Luton Crown Court.
Hornea, pictured here at Luton Airport, was recently featured in the Channel 4 documentary 24 Hours in Police Custody
Hornea was extradited to the UK, where he later pleaded guilty to the attack
Hornea, who had served a nine-year prison sentence in Italy for sex trafficking, launched the brutal attack after she slipped into the UK in 2019.
The youngest victim’s father, a Chinese family not mentioned by name, posted the video online in an effort to track down the attacker and offered a £20,000 reward over the suspect.
This to the anger of the investigating officers, who believed that it had endangered the chance of prosecution.
DCI Tom Hamm tells the documentary: ‘They literally put up footage of the entire CCTV. Police work involves keeping your cards close to your chest and not giving away what you have. Unfortunately, in this case, by posting the CCTV footage all over social media, he has now become a huge flight risk.”
The video, which was shared on Facebook, was captioned: “This person hasn’t been caught yet. He is now on the run. ‘Please, please help me. Share this post in the UK, even internationally, so that this person can be recognized or seen and caught.
‘Please, please help me. Please share this. My daughter may lose her eye and my mother has to have major surgery. So please help me to share this post and get this person please. This happened in Bedfordshire on Monday.’
A photo of a young woman with heavy bruising around her eye was posted alongside the video.
Police are now in a race to apprehend the suspect, fearing the publicity will mean he will go to the ground.
The £20,000 reward and discovery of his fingerprints on the fake Amazon package led to his arrest by Romanian police and return to the UK in March.
Bedfordshire police soon discovered that Hornea had several convictions in Romania, Hungary and Italy for sex trafficking.
Detective Inspector Tom Hamm adds, “How can someone who’s been running for nine years get here?”