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Romanian Sex Offender Used Freedom of Movement to Enter UK, Attempted to Rape Grandmother

A Romanian car washer with a history of sexual offences in his home country took advantage of European Union Free Movement to enter the UK where he attempted to rape a grandmother.

Cezar Florea, 29, was described as “a violent and dangerous individual” on Friday as he was jailed for 16 years for the “abhorrent” attempted rape of a 52-year-old woman, reports the Daily Mail.

The EU national targetted his victim at 6am whilst he was drunk and looking for a prostitute. The court heard Florea had run up behind the grandmother and seized her around the throat with his arm before beating her to the ground, kicking her in the face, and subjecting her to a prolonged attempted rape on June 7, 2014.

The sex attacker had failed only because a passer by had intervened. Florea then snatched the woman’s bag, fled the scene, and left the country. The woman had suffered a broken nose and broken arm, as well as long-lasting psychological damage.

Her family are now demanding to know how a violent criminal was allowed to enter the country multiple times despite him being a convicted sex attacker with a lengthy criminal record in Romania.

Cleveland Police had tracked him down and was preparing to extradite him using a European Arrest Warrant when he was caught by Romanian police and sentenced in his own country for a previous robbery. After completing his sentence in July, he was sent to the UK to face trial for the attempted rape.

The victim was too upset to attend court to witness Florea be sentenced, but her daughter said: “How was a man with such a long history of crime allowed to come to Britain without being monitored and do the things he did to my mum?

“She was just a lady walking to work, as she did every day, when she came across this person who, to us, should never have been allowed into the country. There has to be closer monitoring of people with the sort of history he had to stop them from walking into whatever country they choose and then disappearing again.”

In a victim impact statement, the grandmother wrote that she “relived the trauma” every day on her walk to work and said that it was “eight months after he attacked me before I went to work by myself”.

“Afterwards, after seeing any men of the same origin as the man who tried to rape me, I would cross the road out of fear of the same thing happening again. I had to have my daughter stay with me after what he did to me,” she added.

Breitbart London has previously reported on cases where violent criminals from the EU have been allowed to enter the UK unchecked due to Free Movement rules.

In February 2016, following a routine arrest for breach of public drinking laws, police found Marcin Jaworski, a convicted rapist who was handed a suspended sentence in his native Poland in 2014, was able to move to Shirebrook, Derbyshire.

In August 2014, schoolgirl Alice Goss was crushed to death in an apparent attempted rape by convicted murderer Arnis Zalkalns who served seven years in prison for beating his wife to death in his native Latvia. Zalkalns killed himself days after Alice’s body was found.

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