HMA v RAFAL TOMASZ ZEBROWSKI

At the High Court in Edinburgh Lord Doherty sentenced Rafal Zebrowski to four years in prison after he was found guilty of attempted rape.

On sentencing Lord Doherty made the following statement in court

“You have been convicted of the attempted rape of a young woman in her own home. You were there at her invitation but your sexual advances to her were unwelcome and were rejected by her. You refused to accept no for an answer.  You used force to assault her physically and sexually.  You pulled off her lower garments. You held her down. The incident was only ended when the police arrived and removed you from on top of the complainer.

The incident was a terrifying one for the complainer. It was clear from the complainer’s evidence and from her victim impact statement that she continues to suffer the psychological effects of the attack.

I have listened to all that has been said on your behalf.  I take account of the fact that you are a first offender and that you have a good work record.  However, I would be failing in my public duty if I did not impose a significant custodial sentence for such a serious crime.

The sentence which I shall impose is one of 4 years imprisonment

That sentence will be backdated to 13 March 2013.”