'Aberfan knifeman' appears in court over attempted murder of heavily pregnant ... trends now
The suspected knifeman who allegedly stabbed a heavily pregnant woman in a 'targeted' knife attack in the Welsh village of Aberfan has arrived at court this morning.
Mother-of-two Andreea Pintilli, 29, was stabbed 'at least five times' by a man 'lying in wait' outside her home on Tuesday as she returned from taking her children to school.
Police launched a search and Daniel Mihai Popescu, 28, was arrested. He was charged with attempted murder on Wednesday evening.
The Crown Prosecution Service added that they had further authorised charges of stalking and witness intimation.
He is set to appear at Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates' Court from 10am.
Mother-of-two Andreea Pintilli, 29, was stabbed 'at least five times' by a man 'lying in wait' outside her home on Tuesday as she returned from taking her children to school
Police launched a search after the stabbing and Daniel Mihai Popescu, 28, was arrested
Ms Pintilli's injuries are fortunately not life threatening and police said there are 'no issues' with her unborn baby, who is due around Christmas.
Eyewitnesses told how, as she lay bleeding in the street, Ms Pintilli - who had gone on maternity leave from her job at Home Bargains just four days previously - managed to phone a friend and told them: 'He tried to kill me'.
Her ex-partner Teodor Balan, 34, who is the father of her two children, said: 'Thank God she is OK, I was so worried about her.'
He added: 'She is a very good mother, she is looking after the children very well. It was difficult for her to bring up two children while working part time.'
Mr Balan, who was in a relationship with Ms Pintilli for nearly ten years until 2020, told The Times he was 'so worried' about her.
'She called me in the morning. I'm still friends with her. I helped her move her stuff, and helped her paint,' he said.
A horrified bystander revealed how Ms Pintilli, who is 37 weeks pregnant, attempted to shield her unborn child during the attack.
Veterinary nurse Katie Roberts, 31, who rushed to help, said: 'She was very brave and worried about her baby.'
She added the assailant was using a 'large knife' to inflict multiple stab wounds, and that he had been aiming for her stomach.
Ms Pintilli has since been released