Sentencing underway in ‘savage’ attack on Winnipeg bus

A 45-year-old man is being sentenced today for an attack on a Winnipeg Transit bus described in court as “savage, sadistic and shocking.”

In the Crown’s submission, the court heard on Sunday, September 12, 2021, Peter Marius Radulescu got on Transit bus 369 at Portage and Berry around 2:15PM. He remained in his seat for about an hour. The victim, an elderly woman who cannot be identified due to a publication ban, got on the bus at the Polo Park bus stop at 3 p.m., and sat in front of Radulescu.

At 3:15 p.m., court heard that “with no warning, and no provocation” he pulled out the knife, raised it high in the air and plunged it into the victim. “Mr. Radulescu repeatedly stabbed her in the neck and shoulder. She turned and looked at him, and he drove it into her neck,” the Crown said.

In their submission, the Crown said, “the only reason he’s not charged with murder is luck. He did his best to end the life of the victim.”

After the attack, Court was told Radulescu got off the bus, and the victim made her way to the front, and then collapsed and lost consciousness due to the loss of blood. She was rushed to hospital in critical and unstable condition, “hovering between life and death.”

In a submission by a doctor treating the victim, the court heard “the majority who endure this type of injury didn’t survive. It is only a matter of luck she is alive today.”

The next day, an off-duty police officer recognized Radulescu walking in front of his vehicle on Portage Avenue. He was arrested, and has subsequently pleaded guilty to attempted murder. Asked in court today if he had anything to add, Radulescu spoke a single word, “no.”

There is a joint recommendation from the Crown and Defence for a sentence of 13 years in custody, less time already served. The judge is expected to rule later this afternoon if he will accept the joint recommendation.  

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