October 2019

Man jailed for stranger sexual attack on the streets of Newquay

A holidaymaker who carried out a terrifying sexual assault on a stranger he grabbed on the streets of Newquay and dragged to a secluded area has been told by a judge that he will remain a danger to women for the rest of his life.

Adam Robakowski, 31, targeted the woman during a trip to Cornwall with his then girlfriend in June 2016, leaving their hotel to prowl the streets between 5am and 6am after his partner refused the offer of sex and his efforts to locate a sex worker proved fruitless.

Robakowski, from Sheffield, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence after last month being convicted by a jury of assault by penetration.

During the trial the court heard how Robakowski told his then girlfriend, with whom he was staying in The Esplanade Hotel in Newquay, that he was going out for some air and later claimed to police officers he went out to buy cigarettes.

However, it later emerged that prior to leaving the hotel shortly before the attack he had been contacting phone numbers linked to local prostitutes.

He then stalked one woman walking home from a night out before targeting the victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons and was in her early 20s, and carrying out the terrifying attack.

Robakowski was seen leaving and returning to the hotel on CCTV before and after the events in question and drove a black Audi similar to the one described by the woman who managed to escape.

The sexual assault victim also recalled seeing Audi keys.

In a victim personal statement read to the courts, she describes being affected significantly by the attack.

She says she is now jumpy, always flinches at things, doesn’t trust people and hates having people standing behind her.

She said in the statement: “It’s had a huge effect on my mental health and I suffer from psychosis, anxiety and depression which I did not before this happened.

“I’ve started seeing things in the street such as men in hoodies and my mood swings have been atrocious. I had to quit my job as I felt I couldn’t work.

“I have to live with the paranoia and mistrust of men. It’s a lonely trip.”

Sentencing Robakoawki, Judge Simon Carr said: “You were visiting Cornwall with your then girlfriend and had been out celebrating that evening.

“You got back and I accept you had a kiss and a cuddle but were told your partner was too tired for anything else. Your reaction was truly chilling.

“Even before you left the hotel room you were contacting sex workers but that wasn’t successful. Between the hours of 5am and 6am, despite the fact you’d been drinking, you went out. I have no doubt the motive was sexual and there was no intention of going out to find cigarettes or fresh air.

“You continued to contact sex workers. Walking home at the time was a woman and we can see from your phone at this time you stopped contacting sex workers. She describes seeing a car parked at a junction for no good reason, the car then driving up the road and performing a three point turn before driving past again. The driver was clearly stalking her, it was you.

“Terrified she took her keys out of her purse to have a weapon in hand but as she was close to home she was able to run and get inside.

“Having failed you resumed contact with sex workers and only stopped when you saw the victim who was walking home after a normal, enjoyable night out.

“Her route took her to an isolated area of the town and you got out of your car, put on a hooded top to disguise yourself and attacked her.

“The attack was persistent and she fought back the best she could. You inserted your fingers into her vagina, she got away and you attacked her again.

“The one single thing that stopped the attack was that your keys and phone fell out of your pocket. You returned to the hotel room occupied by your partner as if nothing happened.

“The effect on the victim has been devastating and stranger attacks of this sort are exceptionally rare. Those who carry them out are exceptionally dangerous.

“You continue to deny and minimise the offence you committed and present a high-risk of sexual violence to women and will for the rest of your life.”

Judge Carr then passed an extended sentence of 14 years, meaning Robakowski must serve a minimum of nine years in custody but then will only be released when a parole board deems him to no longer be a danger.