A THUG knocked out a woman’s two front teeth after attacking her in a pub’s ladies’ toilet when she rejected his advances.

Fabian Boicu was told by Soraya Cankett, “I’m not interested love”, after he had pestered her at the Picton Arms in Newport’s Pill area.

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Christopher Evans, prosecuting, said the defendant had first harassed her in the ladies’ toilet earlier in the evening.

He told Cardiff Crown Court: “Boicu came up to her and put his hands around her waist and told her he liked her.

“She told him she was married before leaving.”

Boicu then bothered her in the pub’s beer garden and followed her when she used the toilet again.

Mr Evans added: “A witness heard her say to him, ‘I’m not interested love’ before hearing a scream.

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“The defendant assaulted her and landed a number of punches to her face.”

The police were called and Boicu was traced after officers saw footage from the Picton Arms’ CCTV cameras.

He was later picked out in an identity parade.

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The victim, who was taken to hospital for treatment, told the court in a statement read by Mr Evans: “This has affected my self-confidence. I lost my two front teeth.

“I am reluctant to smile now and reluctant to go out at night. I just want to stay in.

“I’m not the same person I was before the incident.”

Romanian national Boicu, 35, of Chepstow Road, Newport, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm on the day of his trial.

The offence took place more than two years ago on August 29, 2019.

The court heard he has previous convictions for drink driving, public disorder and possession of cannabis.

The defendant was represented by David Pinnell who said: “He does recognised the pain he’s caused.”

His barrister added: “He works in a removal business and works a considerable amount of hours a week.”

Judge Jeremy Jenkins told Boicu: “This was an unprovoked attack on a defenceless lady who you had pestered several times that night.

“You had been a nuisance. With a bruised ego and fuelled by alcohol, you hit out at her and you knocked out her two front teeth.

“She says she is now reluctant to smile in photographs.

“This was more than one punch. It was a disgraceful and sustained attack.

“You deliberately targeted your victim.”

Boicu was jailed for 11 months, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.

He must complete a 15-day rehabilitation activity requirement, which includes 10 days on the ‘staying calm programme’.

The defendant must pay £2,000 in compensation, £1,000 prosecution costs and a victim surcharge.