Polish construction worker jailed for 10 years

A Polish construction worker living in Sligo has been jailed for ten years for raping two women and sexually attacking another two.

A Polish construction worker living in Sligo has been jailed for ten years for raping two women and sexually attacking another two.

Jacek Sliwinski (aged 28), a married father-of-one, with an address at Ferndale, Sligo pleaded guilty to raping and attacking three women at named places on July 8, and raping a fourth woman on October 1, 2006.

Gda Michelle Satchwell said Sliwinski told his wife he had been "living a double life for 20 years".

He also told his wife that he had been interested in pornography since he was a young boy, and that it got "worse and worse" as he got older and he began visiting prostitutes while in Poland. He said he would sometimes leave work to visit these prostitutes.

In relation to the attacks, he said he knew what he was doing was wrong, but that alcohol made him feel braver and it was a "compulsion" with him.

Gda Satchwell said the couple arrived in Sligo in April 2006 and he began working as a labourer. His wife was pregnant at the time of the attacks and gave birth to their child in January this year.

She has continued to support Sliwinski since he confessed his actions to her and was present in court during the Central Criminal Court sentence hearing.

A probation report referred to by Mr Brendan Grehan SC, defending, revealed Sliwinski knew what he was doing was wrong and felt shameful about his actions, but that this feeling of guilt "was only partly orientated on the victims because of his own egocentricity."

The report also said Sliwinski's risk of re-offending could be "managed or reduced."

Mr Justice Paul Carney sentenced Sliwinski to ten years in prison for each of the offences, all of them to run concurrently and directed that he be certified as a sex offender.

Mr Justice Carney said the serial and predatory nature of the offences, and their effects on the victims, would warrant a 14-year sentence.

However, he said he must also take into account mitigating factors, including Sliwinski's lack of previous convictions, history of employment, his wife who has stood by him, his co-operation, his guilty plea, show of genuine remorse, and that he's making "good use" of his time in prison.

Mr Justice Carney back-dated his sentence to October 9 2006 and imposed a further ten year post-release supervision order.

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