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'He is a danger to women' - man jailed for 18 years for assaulting and raping Norwich woman

PUBLISHED: 11:37 10 July 2015 | UPDATED: 11:37 10 July 2015

Jakub Frankowski punched the woman knocking her teeth out before raping her.

Jakub Frankowski punched the woman knocking her teeth out before raping her.

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A man, who raped and brutally attacked a prostitute in a Norwich alleyway, has been jailed for 18 years.

Jakub Frankowski, 31, was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court following a conviction of rape, sexual assault and causing grievous bodily harm on October 20 last year.

The attack, described by officers as “nasty and violent” happened in an alleyway off Rosary Road on October 20 last year.

Judge Stephen Holt told Frankowski he had caused the victim physical and psychological harm, and had ruined her life.

“In my judgement, having listened to the evidence, there was a clear indication that this was not the first time you have come to this area of the city in order to pick up a prostitute,” he said.

He told Frankowski, of Church Street, Attleborough, he posed a significant risk of serious harm to members of the public.

The victim, who had been working in the area as a prostitute, was punched twice in the head and face by Frankowski, causing her to fall into a concrete wall which knocked two of her teeth out.

She was then raped and sexually assaulted by him, while all the time crying and begging him not to hurt her.

Frankowski, who was tracked down by the Rape Investigation Unit, had denied the charges, claiming the sex had been consensual.

At court, Mark Roochove, mitigating, said since Frankowski had moved to Britain from Poland he had been working and not offended, except for this occasion.

“He has been in custody since his arrest last year and doesn’t know what the future holds for him,” he said.

Frankowski was sentenced to 18 years for rape, two and a half years for sexual assault, and three and a half years for inflicting grievous bodily harm. The sentences will be served concurrently.

He will also be added to the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.

Detective Inspector Richard Ellis, from the Rape Investigation Unit, welcomed the sentence saying the lengthy jail time demonstrated the seriousness of the attack.

He said: “It’s extremely pleasing to know Frankowski will be behind bars for at least 13 years; he is a danger to women and the streets are safer with him in prison.

“This was a nasty and violent attack which left the victim with serious injury; Frankowski hit her with such force she lost two teeth and suffered a hairline fracture to her jaw as well as bruising. She was terrified and feared for her life.”

DI Ellis said he hoped the case would give victims of rape the confidence in coming forward. “We make no distinction; a sex worker, like any other woman, is entitled to her consent and I would encourage anyone who has been the victim of a sexual assault to come forward and speak with police and partners who can help.”

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