Man jailed for unprovoked axe attack on woman in Coventry

The targeted attack saw 42-year-old Serban enter the salon and attack the woman. Credit: West Midlands Police

A man who attacked a woman with an axe and a knife at a hairdressers in Coventry has been jailed for 31 years.

Bogdan Serban was sentenced at Coventry Crown Court on Friday, 6 January after being found guilty of the attempted murder of a woman in the city last june.

42-year-old Serban entered the salon and attacked the woman, causing injuries to her face, both arms as well as a fractured eye socket.

He was charged with attempted murder and found guilty by a jury after previously pleading guilty to Section 18 wounding and two counts of possession of an offensive weapon.

Officers tried to show him the injuries the woman he attacked sustained, but he refused to look and said he could not remember hitting her with the axe.

He told officers he had wanted to call the police, but was scared he would be arrested.

DC Sunita Sharma, from the Complex Investigations Team in Coventry, said: "This was a violent and unprovoked attack and we welcome this sentencing.

"The attack caused life-changing injuries and we hope the victim and her family can take some comfort knowing justice has been done."