Can you spot what’s wrong with the headline in this picture?
In today’s Daily Mirror, one online report appears to have mistaken a serial abuser for a “spurned lover”. Andrei Pavel, 25, punched a woman – his ex-girlfriend – in the face after she rejected his marriage proposal. Yet the Mirror appears to imply it was simply a “romantic gesture” gone wrong.
Pavel came to his ex-girlfriend Andrea Nagy’s workplace to ask her to marry him, carrying a ring and a bunch of flowers that he had “splashed out on”. When she said no, he “lost his temper”, according to the Mirror, and hit her, causing significant injuries. The Daily Record has referred to Pavel as a “rogue Romeo”.
The story is framed as a rejection – man asks woman to marry him and she says no. In reality, Nagy had split up with Pavel because he was controlling and jealous
The story is framed as a rejection by both publications – man asks woman to marry him and she says no. In reality, Nagy had split up with Pavel because he was controlling and jealous. Rather than move on, Pavel kept trying to contact Nagy – he texted her constantly and eventually planned a proposal.
According to prosecutor Ruth Bentley, Nagy was scared of her ex-boyfriend. “[Nagy] described the relationship as intense. She moved in with him after two months, but the relationship broke down and they split up,” she told the court. “Since that time, he had been contacting her via texts. He did not want the relationship to end. He was trying to get it back on track and even purchased a ring and asked her to marry him.”
Contrary to the implications of the Mirror’s reporting, Pavel’s ex-girlfriend didn’t provoke or incite his violence. Rather, this is what happens when a man who is not used to rejection hears the word “no”.