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Serial sex offender jailed for further 10 years

Serial sex offender Slawomir Gierlowski has been jailed for a further ten years after Mr Justice Michael White said that he remains a serious threat to the safety of women.

The 36-year-old is already serving an 18-year sentence that was imposed in 2018 for attacks on three women in the Clondalkin area of Dublin between 2011 and 2015.

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After a trial that took place in 2019, Gierlowski was convicted of sexual assault, attempted rape and assault causing harm on a fourth victim that took place on December 18th 2010.

His sentencing for the above offences has been adjourned to allow for an appeal against his earlier convictions.

With no acknowledgement of his predatory behaviour, Gierlowski was deemed as a serious threat to the safety of women by Justice White.

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The court was told by Detective Garda Rory O’Connor that on the 10th of December, Gierlowski followed a woman home at 3am before pushing her to the ground and punching her numerous times.

He then attempted to rape the woman before fleeing the scene. A DNA profile of the attacker was attained by detectives who found semen on the skirt of the victim.

Gierlowski was arrested in 2016 following an investigation into a knife-point attack on a woman in Clondalkin.

Following the arrest, a DNA profile was generated and a match was found between the profile and the sample found in the 2010 city centre attack.

The profile also matched with DNA profiles that were retrieved during investigations into two separate assaults on women in the Clondalkin area in 2011 and 2015.

He was convicted of three attacks on women in Clondalkin, two of which involving sexual assault on women who were walking home after a night out.

The attacks, which involved the use of a leather belt, a hunting knife, duct tape and cable ties, were described as brutal and primal by Judge Pauline Codd at the sentencing hearing in 2018.

She imposed consecutive sentencing totalling 22.5 years with the final four years suspended.

In 2019, Gierlowski went on trial at the Central Criminal Court for the earliest attack and was unanimously convicted of the three charges of sexual assault, attempted rape and assault causing harm.

Gierlowski continues to deny all charges against him.

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