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1 May 2018, 18:28
A man has been sentenced to nine years in prison for a knifepoint rape and ABH in Hemel Hempstead.
Piotr Metrycki, 32 and of no fixed address, was sentenced yesterday (Monday, April 30) at St Albans Crown Court after earlier pleading guilty. He will be subject to a four year licence on release.
The attack happened in February at a business premises in Marlowes.
The victim, a 21 year-old woman, was at work at the time; she was raped at knifepoint in a staff area and during the attack she was punched in the face.
After the victim told a colleague and a customer what happened the police were called and Mr Metrycki was found and quickly arrested within a mile of where the rape took place.
Judge Bright praised the victim for her bravery in facing her attacker in court. He described the incident as an extremely traumatic, horrifying incident.
Detective Constable David Herring from the Hertfordshire Constabulary Sexual Offences Investigation Team, said:
"I commend the victim’s incredible bravery, not only in reporting the attack to us so quickly, but throughout the whole case. It is thanks to her courage that Metrycki will now be in prison.
He subjected the victim to a horrendous attack and I hope that this significant sentence goes some way in helping her as she recovers from this very traumatic ordeal.”
• Any resident in Hertfordshire who has experienced sexual abuse or sexual assault can contact Herts SARC for practical and emotional support. Herts SARC is an independent service, to contact them call the 24/7 helpline on 0808 178 4448, email Herts.SARC@nhs.net or visit www.hertssarc.org