Caitlin Micu, 54, and Ramona Stoia, 35, were found dead in their tattoo parlor in Canterbury, Kent and it has since emerged that Mici had previously been interviewed by police
A tattoo artist who is believed to have murdered his wife before taking his own life was on bail over allegations he raped her.
Caitlin Micu, 54, and Ramona Stoia, 35, were found dead in their tattoo parlor in Canterbury, Kent at roughly 5.20pm on Monday.
It has since emerged that Micu was on police bail when he was found dead at GothInk Studio along with Ramona.
He had been interviewed by police before the apparent murder-suicide, with Ramona accusing him of a series of sexual assaults against her.
As a result of these revelations, Kent Police referred itself to the watchdog the IOPC over officers’ dealings with the couple.
The tattoo artists, who have a son together, are said to have got married in Las Vegas four years ago but are understood to have recently separated.
In February, Ramona secured a non-molestation order – a court injunction restricting or banning contact – against Micu.
The couple is thought to have continued living together, but Micu was banned from “harassing or pestering” her.
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He was arrested on March 26 on suspicion of having breached this order, and of seriously sexually assaulting his wife.
Ramona came forward with a series of historical allegations of rape against her husband going back 16 years in the relationship as well as in the last few years.
There were five separate allegations, all of which reportedly took place at the family home.
Following his arrest, Micu was placed on police bail until April 20.
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But under the bail conditions, he was still allowed to work alongside Ramona at GothInk Studio, of which he was the sole director.
Dozens of armed police officers were called to the tattoo parlor at about 5.20pm on Monday.
Kent Police initially reported that two people had been found injured before confirming the next day that a 54-year-old man and 35-year-old woman had died at the scene.
The incident is still being investigated, but police say they are not currently looking for anyone else in connection with the tragedy.
Only Ramona’s death is being treated as suspicious, while police say Micu’s is not.
Kent Police has now referred itself to the police watchdog, following its contact with the couple before their deaths.
A spokesman for the Independent Office for Police Conduct says: “We are currently assessing the referral to determine what further action may be required from us.”
Pictures posted on Instagram show Catalin and Ramona had worked together at GothInk Studio since at least 2016.
The tragedy has sparked a huge outpouring of grief and left the Canterbury community reeling.
Ramona, who has a young son with Micu, has been described as “absolutely lovely” – a talented, popular tattoo artist with a huge following.
Ali Gun, owner of Cousins Pool and Snooker Lounge which sits above the tattoo parlor, recalled the moment police first arrived at the crime scene on Monday night.
He had been in the street outside when he noticed a police van and car pull up outside GothInk.
Mr Gun said: “The [police officers] came out of the car, ran inside, and then a girl came out shaking, very shocked.
“We heard the police inside saying ‘first aid, first aid, first aid’, and we didn’t really want to look at what’s happened inside – something terrible.
“I’ve never seen anything like this in my life. It’s shocking, for this to happen on our street.”