24 HOURS In Police Custody viewers were left horrified after a fake Amazon delivery driver battered three women in horror home invasion.
Monday night's instalment of the Channel 4 documentary explored the case of Sandel Hornea.
In September 2019 a 14-year-old girl, her aunt, and her grandmother were brutally attacked by the Romanian man in their own home, located in Luton, Bedfordshire.
He posed as a delivery driver and invited himself in to violently beat them up and burgle their property.
The family's installed CCTV cameras, and the finger prints found on his empty cardboard box eventually helped the police find out who did it.
But the harrowing footage hit home to many viewers, who pointed out on Twitter that it could have happened to anyone.
One wrote: "#24hoursinpolicecustody 1st time I've ever been truly shocked at what I've watched..those poor women..what a brute of an animal."
One tweeted: "Wtf the first part of #24hoursinpolicecustody has me in tears wtf! You wouldn’t think twice about opening your door for a delivery but I sure as hell will now wtf."
Another said: "That is so beyond scary, those poor women attacked by a fake delivery driver. Could really happen to anyone that."
A fourth added: "#24hoursinpolicecustody is always a damn good watch! But jezz this was Scary stuff... Really makes you think whom you are answering your door to! And those poor women/girls hope they made a full recovery but the psychological damage."
Later on in the show it was revealed that the father of the youngest victim posted the attack footage, as well as images of Hornea online and "it spread like wildfire".
This meant that the police were worried that Hornea, who the police knew was also connected to a suspected brothel, would have the time to escape the country.
In the show, Det Sgt Tom Hamm explained to viewers: "Policing is about holding your cards close to your chest and not giving away what you've got."
They later found out he got a flight to Romania on the day of the attack.
The father put up a reward of £20,000 for anyone who found him, but the force were worried it would allow him to find another place to hide.
Police began to work with the Romanian authorities, police applied for a European arrest warrant and he was eventually found and returned to the UK in March 2021.
Hornea appeared at Luton Magistrates' Court in April and was charged for tree counts of wounding, two of grievous bodily harm and one count of actual bodily harm.
Hornea will appear at Luton Crown Court to be sentenced on Thursday 7 October.
Watch 24 Hours in Police Custody on 4oD.
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