A Polish man who sexually assaulted a female co-worker in a Kerry hotel has received a three-year prison sentence.
In November of last year, Dominick Szymczak, a Polish native, was found guilty by a jury in Tralee Circuit Court, following an incident in a Kerry hotel which occurred on the 23rd September 2011.
Details of the hotel cannot be revealed in order to protect the identity of the victim.
The victim had been invited to a party in the hotel staff quarters on the night in question and decided to go back to her room shortly after 3 am.
She awoke later to find the accused man in her bed; he placed his body on her before touching her breasts and genitals under her clothes.
The woman, who was in her twenties at the time, says Mr Szymczak arrived to her room in the days following the incident to confront her and, when she thought he had left, he returned to her room without permission.
In an earlier victim impact statement, the victim had said she struggles to sleep, has spent thousands of euro on counselling, and still tries to outrun the memories of the assault.
Judge Tom O’Donnell said he’s aware the case has had a long and tortured history, and he commended the work of the investigating garda in co-ordinating the case as many witnesses had moved from the area.
He imposed a three-year sentence on 44-year-old Mr Szymczak, backdated to November of last year, with the final 18 months suspended.
Mr Szymczak’s family were in Tralee Circuit Court for today’s sentencing hearing; upon hearing the verdict, his wife and two daughters became hysterically upset, causing a temporary break to the court’s activities.