February 2020

Fake charity collector jailed for groping females on their doorsteps

A sex beast who fled Britain after posing as a charity collector to grope females on their doorsteps has been jailed after an Interpol hunt.

Vaseli Baicu’s attacked and stole from five women in a month – including a stroke victim and dementia sufferer.

He fled to Europe after the attacks and was finally arrested in Denmark after being traced by Interpol.

West Midlands Police Baicu attacked five women aged from 18 to 81 in July 2018 after knocking on doors in Coventry with a clipboard and sponsorship forms claiming to be fundraising for a disability group.

The 26-year-old forced himself on victims, kissing them on the lips and touching them over their clothes

On two occasions he entered homes and swiped a mobile phone, purse, jewellery and a pension card when his victims’ backs were turned.

Police identified Baicu as the prime suspect after CCTV enquiries revealed a vehicle used by him to drive to the crime scenes.

Detectives discovered he had fled the country at some point before July 25 but, working with Interpol, managed to track his movements around Europe for more than a year while the investigation continued at home.

He triggered an alert after crossing the Swedish-Danish border and was detained by police in Denmark. Officers from Coventry Police travelled to Denmark to escort him back to the UK on November 19 last year

Forensics specialists recovered Baicu’s fingerprints from a jewellery box and a charity sponsorship form he’d dropped in the street.

He admitted five counts of sexual assault, two counts of burglary and fraud between July 2 and 21 − and at Leamington Justice Centre yesterday, Wednesday January 21, and was jailed for six-years-and-three-months.