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Polish rapist appealing sentence

Jakub Tomczak
Jakub Tomczak is serving his sentence in a Polish prison

Poland's Supreme Court will consider later whether a Polish man convicted of a rape in Exeter should have his sentence reduced.

Jakub Tomczak, 24, was found guilty of attacking a woman and leaving her for dead under a van.

He was given two life sentences in January 2008 to be served in Poland.

A Polish district court has since upheld his original sentence and it is that decision Tomczak is appealing against.

Sentencing him, the judge at Exeter Crown Court said he must serve a minimum of nine years before he could be considered for parole.

Brain damage

But under Polish law all cases involving Polish nationals convicted abroad are reconsidered by a Polish court once they are repatriated.

Tomczak's 48-year-old victim was found naked and unconscious in Redlands Close in the Whipton area of Exeter on 22 July 2006.

At the trial, the jury heard how she had been left for dead under a van.

She suffered a skull fracture and brain damage in the attack.

Her injuries were so severe she was left with no memory of what had happened.

Mr Tomczak, a law student, had been on a night out in the city, and his movements were tracked by CCTV camera.

After the attack, he returned to Poland where, four months later, he voluntarily gave a DNA sample to local police at the request of UK officers.

The sample was analysed in the UK, where it matched the DNA profile taken from semen found on the victim.

Mr Tomczak was brought back to the UK to face trial under a European arrest warrant, before being repatriated to Poland after his conviction.

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