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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Rapist committed vile act as victim gave evidence

A VICIOUS rapist jailed for 15 years pleasured himself in court -- while his victim gave evidence.

Shocking details of an incident which occurred during the trial of Przemyslaw Jakubowski can be revealed by the Herald today.

The Polish sex offender (30) was yesterday convicted of raping his 30-year-old victim as she was running errands in the Cork town of Kanturk. He dragged her into the cubicle of a public toilet where he subjected her to half an hour of sexual violence before fleeing.

Jakbowski, who also has a conviction in Poland for attempted rape, was wearing women's underwear during the attack, which was later found in his home.

According to sources in the Court Service, Jakubowski committed a vile act in the dock during his trial last May.

The incident occurred when the woman got in the witness box and recounted the details of the horrific assault. The entire courtroom was unaware what was happening, except for Jakbowski's Polish translator.

The translator was sitting beside him at the time and later reported it to the prison guards. Neither the judge nor jury was made aware of the incident.

The next day a new translator was found for the trial.



Bizarre

Jakubowski's bizarre behaviour continued throughout the 12-day trial. At one point, the judge heard a pot of boiling water was thrown over him while he was in custody in Mountjoy Prison. Proceedings were adjourned for a day over fears his visible burn injuries could prejudice the jury against him.

However sources within the Prison Service believe he threw the water over himself in an attempt to get the trial abandoned or delayed.

A Prison Service source said they were also worried he was trying to drag the trial out while he planned an escape attempt.

Jakubowski of Egmont Court, Earls Street, Kanturk, Co Cork had pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to twelve counts including rape, oral rape, threats to kill, assault causing harm, sexual assault and false imprisonment during the attack on the woman on the afternoon of March 9, 2010.

He was convicted on 11 counts and found not guilty by direction of the judge of one count of oral rape.

Yesterday he was jailed for 15 years by Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy who called the attack one of the most serious the courts have seen in recent years.

In a letter to the court, the victim told how her life has been "turned upside down".

"I was raped not once, not twice -- but so many times and in so many ways," she wrote.

"These images haunt my nights, my days, my fears and my realities."

hnews@herald.ie

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