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Thursday 18 September 2014

Rapist loses appeal against five life sentences

Published 30/04/2014 | 17:38

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The case was heard at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin
The case was heard at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin

A POLISH man given five life sentences for rape has lost his appeal against his conviction.

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Edward Piotrowski (48) told his victim during the two-and-a-half-hour attack that he was going to kill her, her partner and her partner's daughter.

The trial heard that he tied up the woman’s partner with rope and tape and sexually assaulted her in front of him before taking the victim to another room where he raped her and forced her to perform oral sex.

In January 2010, Piotrowski, formerly of Edenderry Co Offaly, was sentenced to five concurrent life sentences by Mr Justice Peter Charleton after he was convicted by a Central Criminal Court jury of the attack on November 25, 2007.

He appealed claiming his conviction was unsafe.  The DPP opposed the appeal.

A three judge Court of Criminal Appeal (CCA) dismissed his appeal.

The CCA found there was "no legitimate basis" for overturning the jury's decision.

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