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Booted out Rapist who imprisoned couple and repeatedly assaulted victim deported from Ireland

Former Polish solider Edward Piotrowski (56) had originally been given five life sentences for the sadistic and prolonged attack in 2007

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Former soldier Edward Piotrowski

Former soldier Edward Piotrowski

Former soldier Edward Piotrowski

A violent sex fiend who imprisoned a couple and repeatedly raped the woman has been deported from Ireland after 13 years behind bars.

Former Polish solider Edward Piotrowski (56) had originally been given five life sentences for the sadistic and prolonged attack in 2007.

He had also been behind threats to the victim’s family in her native country and had even tried to hire a hitman to kill her in a bid to escape justice.

The monster, however, won an appeal against the sentence which was reduced to 18 years in 2014.

The Court of Appeal ordered Piotrowski be banned from 20km of where the attack happened in the Midlands or from contacting the woman after serving his time.

But just days before Piotrowski had been due to walk free, officers from the Garda National Immigration Bureau arrested him last week at the Midlands Prison.

An official exclusion order was served on him, and he is banned from setting foot again in Ireland, after arriving here in 2005.

Details of the savage and humiliating attack on the couple emerged at his Central Criminal Court trial in 2009.

Piotrowski, who had no previous convictions in either Ireland or Poland, had planned the attack with chilling attention to detail.

He raped the woman, who he had been obsessed with, after tying up her boyfriend with rope and duct tape during a two-and-a-half-hour ordeal in which he told her he would kill her.

The psycho wore a mask, plastic covers on his feet and gloves “designed to minimise the possibility of leaving any forensic evidence behind”.

He used a knife to slash the back, shoulders and torso of the woman’s boyfriend, and a noxious gas that he sprayed in the man’s face to wake him from his sleep in the middle of the night.

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When Piotrowski was later arrested, a map with a purple dot marking the exact location of the couple’s home, night vision goggles, a rope and duct tape were found in his vehicle.

Piotrowski, who had been living in Edenderry in Co Offaly at the time, told his victim he had previously stolen her keys and copied them so he could gain access to the house.

He sexually assaulted the women in front of her boyfriend and also forced her to perform sex acts in what Judge Peter Charleton said was the “most grievous sexual assault I have ever come across in my career”.

Piotrowski denied everything in garda interviews and maintained that the couple had concocted the whole story in “a type of revenge attack on him”.

During the trial the woman gave evidence how Piotrowski told her “he was going to kill my boyfriend first and make me watch.”

“He was going to cut his penis off and then break my neck. He then said he would kill me first and pack my clothes to make it look like I was leaving my boyfriend.

Then he would kill him so it would look like he had killed me and then killed himself. I did not want to scream or shout because I knew my boyfriend could hear me and there would be nothing he could do about it,” she said.

Judge Charleton praised the woman for her “emotional intelligence” in persuading Piotrowski to eventually leave and the man who did everything he could to fight back. He imposed a life sentence for each of the rape charges, for the false imprisonment of the woman and a fifth for aggravated assault.

However, the life sentences were overturned by the Court of Appeal in 2014 and instead an 18-year term was imposed backdated to his arrest in November 2007.

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