A MAN has been convicted of ambushing a woman in the public toilets of a Cork town and subjecting her to half an hour of rape and sexual violence.
Przemyslaw Jakubowski grabbed the 30-year-old woman from behind as she was washing her hands, forced her into a cubicle and raped her for half an hour before fleeing.
He was wearing women’s underwear at the time, which were later found in his apartment by gardaí.
After his conviction, the jury heard Jakubowski has a previous conviction for attempted rape in another country. Further details of this conviction will be heard when he is sentenced next month.
Jakubowski, 36, is originally from Poland but had arrived in Cork shortly before the attack. He was found guilty by a Central Criminal Court jury following three hours of deliberations and a 12-day trial.
He held his head in his hand and muttered to himself as the verdicts were read out.
The jury heard that the victim’s DNA was found under his fingernails and on a pink, blood-stained slip which he was wearing at the time. Jakubowski’s DNA and fingerprints were also found on a beer can which had been left at the crime scene.
During the attack, the court heard, Jakubowski held the victim in a headlock and locked the door before pushing her head against the cubicle wall.
He told her to “pull down your pants or I’ll kill you”. Over the next 20 to 30 minutes he repeatedly raped her orally, anally and vaginally, as well as sexually assaulting her. Throughout the attack, she pleaded with him not to kill her.
His victim recounted that he was wearing a cap, dark sunglasses and dark clothes, with blue women’s underwear and a stained pink slip underneath.
He also had a box of Marie Clare tights held in the waistband of the women’s underwear he was wearing.
Jakubowski had earlier been spotted in the town buying the same brand of tights twice. When questioned, he claimed he had bought them as a present for his girlfriend.
Jakubowski had pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to 12 counts, including rape, oral rape, anal rape, threats to kill, assault causing harm, sexual assault and false imprisonment during the attack 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.
At one point during the trial, proceedings were adjourned for a day after a pot of boiling water was thrown over Jakubowski while he was in custody in Cloverhill prison. The delay was instigated over fears his visible burn injuries could prejudice the jury against him.
After delivering their verdict, the jury of four women and eight men were thanked by Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy, who excused from further service for 10 years. Jakubowski was remanded in custody until June 27 for sentence.
Mr Justice McCarthy ordered a victim impact report be prepared and that Jakubowski be registered as a sex offender.
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