Interior of Dublin's Mount Joy prison

A "serial offender" has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. It also emerged that Przemyslaw Jakubowski had masturbated in court while the 30-year-old victim of his attack gave evidence.

The entire courtroom was unaware that Jakubowski was masturbating apart from his Polish translator who was seated next to him. The translator reported it to the prison guards.

On March 9, 2010, the young mother was ambushed by Jakubowski in a public toilet as she dried her hands. She had been running errands in the Cork town of Kanturk.

Her attacker dragged her into a cubicle where he subjected her to sexual violent attack, raping her more than twice. The attack lasted for over 30 minutes.

Jakubowski, originally from Poland, had worn women's underwear during the attack. They were later found at his home.

Polish national Przemyslaw Jakubowski (36) had been convicted of attempted rape and robbery in ________________

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During the 12-day trial the judge was also told that boiling water had been thrown over him in Mountjoy Prison. The trial was adjourned for fear his burns would prejudice the jury. Later the court heard from the Prison Service that they believe Jakubowski poured the water over himself in an attempt to have the trial abandoned.

The Corkman reported that Sergeant Joanne O'Brien of Kanturk Garda station read out the victim impact statement at the request of the victim. It read "'After the attack I had to face my daughter, who had just come out of school. I will never forget the look on her face when she saw the state of me and not being able to explain to her what had happened to me. She does not know the beginning of what I have suffered. Hopefully one day I will be able to explain it to her"

Mary Crilly, director of the Cork Sexual Violence Centre,  said Jakubowski’s behaviour in court and his past conviction in Poland "absolutely suggests he is a serial offender".

She told the Irish Examiner "What he did in court conveys all the arrogance that you see in sex offenders time and time again.There is that arrogance that they have got away with it in the past and they will get away with it again."