Man pleads guilty to sexual assault carried out months after arriving in Ireland

A Polish man who sexually assaulted a woman in a street attack a few months after he arrived in Ireland has received a four year sentence with the final two suspended. Gavel 2 The woman had been on the phone to a friend when she became aware of Mieczyslaw Sudol following her as she walked home after a night out. The father-of-two, with a previous address at Woodbrook, Cahirciveen, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to sexually assaulting the woman and stealing her phone in the county on May 5th, 2008. Gardaí traced him to Poland using DNA found under the victim’s fingernails. Mieczyslaw Sudol snatched the woman’s phone and grabbed her throat, before pulling up her dress to sexually assault her. The man, who’s now 42, has no previous convictions. Detective Garda Richie Naughton told the court that the victim said her attacker pulled down her underwear.The detective said Mr Sudol was arrested for an unconnected incident in 2008 and left the country later that year. The woman’s victim impact statement described how the sex assault had been “devastating, profound and far-reaching”.She said she had to move house after the attack and became almost a hermit. Detective Garda Naughton agreed with Paul Coffey Senior Counsel, defending, that his client’s guilty plea had been offered a year in advance of a trial date that had been listed and that the prosecution had solely depended on a DNA match. Mr Coffey said his client intended to return to Poland to provide for his family on his release from prison. Mr Justice Caroll Moran accepted that Sudol had given his DNA voluntarily, but said it was “disturbing” that he continued to deny sexual conduct or intent as revealed in a probation report. The judge placed the offence at the lower end of the scale in seriousness, adding this didn’t take away from the trauma experienced by victim. He took into consideration Sudol’s early guilty plea, previous clean record and co-operation and imposed a four year sentence, backdated to when he entered custody last June. TAGS: sexual assault, Mieczyslaw Sudol, Paul Coffey Senior Counsel, Detective Garda Richie Naughton, Mr Justice Caroll Moran,