Story By: Sergiu Nazaru, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
The Romanian singer who stabbed his wife in a cocaine-fuelled rage of jealousy as their daughter was upstairs in their UK home has revealed he has singalongs with other inmates using his guitar in prison.
Dan Draghici, 45, was sentenced to 20 years in a maximum-security prison for attempted murder in 2016 after he stabbed his wife Elena Draghici (31 at the time of stabbing) in their family home on Fenton Street, Smethwick in the West Midlands on 1st March 2016.
Draghici, a habitual cocaine user, was reportedly high at the time and flew into a rage of jealousy about seeing his wife with another man.
Their daughter was upstairs when the attack took place with the victim’s sister who came downstairs and pulled Draghici off Elena’s back.
The victim managed to run free and asked a nearby taxi driver for help.
Draghici has now spoken about his life in prison after his sentencing at Wolverhampton Crown Court, saying he received permission from the prison management to keep a guitar in his cell which was sent to him by a good friend from Romania.
He says the other maximum-security criminals gather around him to listen and exchange stories as he sings.
The singer said the guards even allowed him to hold a small concert, with the staff treating him well as they understand they are not dealing with a violent person.
He said during a live session on a YouTube channel from prison: “Everyone here knows that I sing. They treat me nicely. They don’t treat me like they treat real criminals.”
After his sentencing Detective Inspector Jason McMahon, said: “This has been a truly horrific time for Elena and her family who are trying to come to terms with what has happened to them.
“Elena sustained serious injuries during the assault which she is still recovering from, I hope that the sentence will be of some comfort to them and help them rebuild their lives.
“I would also like to thank the community, who gave crucial evidence at this trial which has undoubtedly assisted the jury reach their guilty verdict and offered tremendous support to Elena through this difficult time. The judge has told Draghici that he must serve at least two-thirds of his sentence.”
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