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Bus pervert can't be sent home due to unfair review

Conor Gallagher

Published 15/04/2015 | 02:30

Piotr Rownicki, who was jailed for a series of sex attacks
Piotr Rownicki, who was jailed for a series of sex attacks

A man who sexually assaulted six women on Dublin buses will avoid deportation because he was not given a fair hearing by the Department of Justice, the Irish Independent can reveal.

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Polish national Piotr Rownicki (37) was jailed for three years with 16 months suspended in 2012 for sexually assaulting the female commuters over a four-year period. On each occasion Rownicki sat down beside his victim, put a jacket over his knees, masturbated and touched the women's leg.

While serving his sentence, the Department of Justice wrote to Rownicki, formerly of Seagrove Close, Finglas, informing him that he was to be deported on his release and excluded from Ireland for 10 years.

Rownicki, who has a wife and child in Ireland, was released in 2013. He was allowed remain in the country pending a review of his deportation.

The High Court has now published a judgement ruling that the review of Rownicki's deportation was not independent as the same civil servants were involved in the original order and the follow-up review.

Irish Independent

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