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held captive Woman leapt from flat window and ran barefoot to a nearby pub to escape 10-hour abuse ordeal


Stefan Sorici even humiliated the woman by calling her parents in Moldova on her mobile

Stefan Sorici even humiliated the woman by calling her parents in Moldova on her mobile

Stefan Sorici even humiliated the woman by calling her parents in Moldova on her mobile

A victim of domestic violence was forced to leave her home and friends behind out of fear that her former partner would find her and attack her again, a court has heard.

Stefan Sorici held the woman captive in her home, kicked her, choked her and told her he "would do time" for her life.

The 10-hour ordeal only ended when the woman jumped from the first-floor window of her flat and ran barefoot to a nearby pub where a customer rang gardaí.

Sorici (40), of Dorset Street, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm to the woman in her home in the city centre on July 14, 2016.

Garda Damien Noonan told the court that the woman was walking her young son to school when she saw Sorici hiding behind a wall.

She thought he was in prison but learned later he had only been released that morning, the court heard.

Sorici told her to go back inside and he took her phone and found text messages from the woman's new partner.

He began choking her and kicking her and said he was prepared to "do extra time for my life", the court heard.

He told her "he was giving her 24 hours to leave the country" and accused her of destroying his life by securing barring orders against him.

The court heard the man has multiple convictions for breaching domestic violence barring orders.

Judge Pauline Codd noted that Sorici also humiliated the woman when he used her phone to call her parents in Moldova to tell them that she deserved to be punished for seeing another man.

The woman told the court that she was placed in a refuge by Women's Aid and was later relocated out of the capital because of the "extreme danger" that she was in.

Sorici went into hiding but gardaí arrested him in November 2019 and he has been in custody since.

The victim said she was worried about what would happen when Sorici gets out of prison again.


The court heard the attack left her with bruising to her face, neck and wrists.

Judge Codd said that the attack took away the woman's remaining sense of security and left her living in constant fear.

She suspended the final year of a three-and-a-half year prison sentence on condition that Sorici keep the peace and put himself forward for assessment for a domestic violence programme.

The judge ordered that he have no contact with the victim.

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