Father-of-two, 37, who filmed himself raping woman during drink and drug fuelled attack in her home is jailed for 11 years
A drug-fuelled father-of-two who filmed himself raping a woman after she turned him down has been jailed for 11 years.
Bartosz Sokolowski, 37, slapped and strangled the woman as he filmed himself raping her.
The victim reported him to police and also claimed he had sexually assaulted her with a perfume bottle.
He also bombarded her with text messages where he boasted about recording the terrifying ordeal on his phone.
The father-of-two denied rape, but a jury took just 90 minutes to return a unanimous guilty verdict following a trial at Warwick Crown Court.
Bartosz Sokolowski, 37, a father-of-two from Poland and living in Birmingham, has been jailed for 11 years after being found guilty of rape after attacking a woman in her home in Rugby, Warwickshire, in 2019
Sokolowski, a Polish-national of Birmingham, was jailed for 11 years on Thursday 28 October. He was cleared of sexual assault using the perfume bottle.
Judge Andrew Lockhart told him he behaved in an ‘appalling way towards her’ as he forced her to perform a sex act on him.
He said: ‘On that night you behaved in a very dangerous manner.
‘There was degradation and humiliation. I find you recorded the events, just as you said you did in the texts.
‘In those texts we see what you now can’t admit, because you don’t have the guts to admit it, that you were sorry because you had raped her.’
The court heard Sokolowski had drank alcohol and taken drugs when he attacked the woman in her home in Rugby, Warwickshire, in 2019.
Prosecutor Talbir Singh said he strangled the victim and slapped her when she refused to perform a sex act on him in the living room.
Sokolowski slapped her twice as she continued to refuse his demands, then pulling her back onto the sofa and forcing her to kneel as he took off his trousers and underwear.
Sokolowski tried to force himself onto the victim when she still refused to comply, but then ‘did as she was asked until he fell asleep’.
The woman fled and told a friend what had happened and when they returned to her home, they called the police.
Sokolowski was arrested at the scene but denied raping her and claimed bruises on her face was from dental treatment.
Ian Windridge, defending, said Sokolowski had no previous convictions and was ‘a man who is capable of hard work,’ with two children in Poland.
He said: ‘There is no evidence that he recorded the incident, but he told her he had, so one has to assume there was a recording.’
Following the guilty verdict, Mr Singh said the woman had made a statement in which she said it took her six months before she could begin her life again.
He said that the case was about Sokolowski ‘imposing his violent and sexual will in an unwanted fashion’.
Judge Andrew Lockhart at Warwick Crown Court, at the Warwickshire Justice Centre, told Sokolowski he behaved in an ‘appalling way’ towards the victim as he forced her to perform a sex act on him when she continued to refuse his advances
Sokolowski told Warwick Crown Court that the rape allegation from the victim had been fabricated, by both the woman and her friend, after he says he rejected her advances towards him.
Judge Lockhart said to Sokolowski as he jailed him: ‘We start, as we must, with the victim of your offending. She speaks of it being difficult to come to terms with what you did to her.
‘She had to come here and have it put to her by counsel instructed by you that she had told lies and that she and her friend had fabricated the account, and even that she had been injured by her friend.’
Sokolowski was also ordered to register as a sex offender for life and have to serve two-thirds of the 11-year sentence before he can be released.