A MAN found guilty of falsely imprisoning a teenage girl on Deeside faces deportation after serving an 18-month prison sentence.

Ciprian Romascu grabbed the 17-year-old on the driveway of her home in Connah's Quay after following her, taking hold of her around the waist.

The Romanian national claimed he only wanted to ask for directions as he was lost, but a jury at Mold Crown Court found him guilty last month.

Romascu pleaded guilty at a previous magistrates court hearing to assaulting two 14-year-old girls on the same day that he had approached the 17-year-old. He spat at one of his victims and punched the other.

His confrontation with the 17-year-old was described as “sinister” and the prosecution case was that he “simply wasn’t looking to ask for directions”.

Wearing a white hood, he brushed past her after she got off a bus from work and later as she walked onto the driveway of her family home he grabbed her around the waist.

The teenager was left crying hysterically and when police were contacted Romascu was found riding a mountain bike nearby.

Romascu, 37, previously of Newby Walk, Connah’s Quay had denied falsely imprisoning the teenager and holding her against her will on January 21.

He said he had only spent 15 days at the address in Connah’s Quay and was not familiar with the area.

He had spent the afternoon drinking beer and spirits at a fellow Romanian’s home and admitted he felt a “bit dizzy”, but claimed he had “no bad intentions” towards her.

Romascu has been remanded in custody since his arrest in January, but Judge Niclas Parry said he faced being deported as a result of his conviction when he was released.