Przemyslaw Jakubowski Gets 15-Year Sentence For Kanturk Rape

How should society deal with violent attackers?

Some crimes are too much for the imagination, and the attack that Przemyslaw Jakubowski committed on a woman in Kanturk is one of them.  Jakubowski, 36, pleaded not guilty and was jailed for 15 years but refused to accept the verdict of the jury.

He subjected his victim to torture, violence and degradation in a sustained assault that lasted a full 40 minutes.  It’s almost impossible to grasp  the fear, pain and despair experienced by the woman during that time, but this extract from the victim impact statement speaks for itself.

I was raped not once, not twice — but so many times and in so many ways.

These images haunt my nights, my days, my fears and my realities. 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.

Jakubowski had previous convictions for attempted rape in Poland.  He”ll be out in 11 years, a strong and healthy 47-year-old.  He will be immediately deported but in all likelihood will go on to attack and rape other women.

I can’t comprehend what creates somebody like him, and I don’t really care.  I could say he’s evil but calling people evil is a cop-out because it removes personal responsibility.  By definition, a  monster behaves in  monstrous ways but the real horror occurs when ordinary people behave like monsters.

On the other hand, there are psychopaths who feel nothing.  What do you do when something is missing, when some essential part of the human psyche that generates compassion, empathy and fellow feeling simply does not work?

My personal feeling is that society shouldn’t be wasting money trying to rehabilitate someone like Jakubowski, while his victim will, in all likelihood, never get over the trauma he inflicted.  Our only concern should be protecting ourselves  from him, which we could do in various ways.  A bullet would sort the problem out, and I doubt if anyone would lose sleep over it, but we don’t do that sort of thing any more.

That leaves permanent (and expensive) imprisonment, or castration through drugs or surgery.

Forget chemicals. I’d vote for the knife.

23 thoughts on “Przemyslaw Jakubowski Gets 15-Year Sentence For Kanturk Rape

  1. What a pig. Rehabilitation for someone like him is a complete waste, also locking him up is too expensive. The only thing to do with human garbage is put him on the trash… minus his eenie weenie member.

  2. “Forget chemicals. I’d vote for the knife.”

    A rustyy knife. A rusty butter knife that is, plus a vice for his balls, a small highly flammable wooden shed, some petrol and a lighter.
    The choice would then be his…

    Here’s hoping the scobes and scumbags already serving time can go some way to repaying their debt to society by making the next 11 years an experience in being a rape victim for Jakubowski

  3. Like Mel Smith Bock seems to be in favor of CUTTING OFF THEIR GOULIES!!!

  4. Craic — I doubt he’ll be put in with ODCs. They have a special prison for sex offenders in Arbour Hill where they can reassure each other that they’re the real victims.

  5. Where do we draw the line, what other crimes will be punished then with death penalty?

    It is probably one of the most difficult moral questions any society can try to solve. Personally, I know that I would not wait on the government to deal with a situation like this, and here is another difficulty, how do we treat someone who killed, not in affect, but planned and deliberately, in cold blooded revenge?

    Let’s look at a fictional case, say you witnessed the rape of your sister, you know who it was, you were at gunpoint and could not help, and then after the cops got the rapist, and for technical legal reasons, the court sets him free, some formality fuck up and a clever attorney who defended him. This cse is less fictional btw. than you might think. – The guy leaves the court and grins at you. –

    Two month later the rapist is dead, say beaten to death and ditched on a landfill. You are arrested and face the court….

  6. Bock – Aye, I hadn’t cnsidered that alright. After reading mister bastard’s link I wonder if this man’s arm won’t wash up on a beach in 12 years time…

  7. Georg — There are problems with the death penalty, such as the one you describe, and that’s why I don’t advocate it, even though I would like to have this guy shot. The question is, what should be done with him?

  8. Haymoon’s link is very interesting, and doesn’t surprise me really, I mean who would choose to be like that. Maybe some day courts will impose non-elective brain surgery as a sentence, or elective, proactive surgery (i.e. before the commission of a crime) might even become the norm. In the meantime, we’ve got to be pragmatic for the greater good. We can drastically reform our prisons so that it is economically feasible to lock guys like this away for life, or we can go down the type of routes Bock suggests. A tattoo on the forehead saying “rapist” I believe would be worth considering, among other things, but I’d prefer the prison reform option.

    BTW, I’m an advocate of the “a stitch in time, saves nine” approach to justice, which I have argued before on this site. I live in this neck of the woods, and the word is that this guy had been in trouble for similar but much less serious offences over in Kerry. Apparently he was told to get out if he knew what was good for him, so off he went to Kanturk, and the rest is history. Will we ever learn?

  9. I felt cold reading that story Mr. Bastard! The man is clearly a danger to women and should be locked up until he can no longer walk without the aid of a Zimmer frame. Eleven years is simply not enough time, he will still pose a danger to society even in his late fifties.

  10. @Call him whatever you want. All the more reason never to let him see the light of day again

    Couldn’t agree more. Apparently he had been run out of Kerry for some bad behaviour. The public is not being protected sufficiently from his likes.

  11. Death as a punishment; or as a means of protection is all good and well and seems perfectly warranted here and so on, but what about the eejits over in the beyond, those gone but not forgotten, the dearest departed? Don’t they retain a right to protection too?

  12. I read once about a Germanic tribe in the dark ages who used to deal with men like him by hanging them from a bridge by a nail through the bollocks and giving them a rusty knife.

    Just sayin’.

  13. This is an example of why we need to have separate sentence with respect to the notions of punishment, rehabilitation and the protection of society. For much too long we have taken the attitude that once someone has done the punishment part usually prison for a period that that’s it ‘they have paid their debt to society’. They haven’t, and it’s the wrong way to view things. We should have sentences for punishment that include but aren’t confined to the loss of liberty and then separate sentences for rehab (you don’t get out until you can do certain things, for those who rob and use the excuse that they can’t read or write, I would demand that they learn and pass the junior or leaving cert before they are deemed to have discharged their sentence in this regard) and for the protection of society we should have juries of experts and also ones peers who would assess if the person was still a risk and if so then they should be confined in longer stay group facilities that allow considerably more freedom than prison does but not the freedom to roam amongst the rest of society. Until we stop having one single sentence serve for all that is meant to encompass all 3 of the corner stones of the correctional system then we will continue to all people who are an ongoing danger to innocent people be let loose when they should not be.

  14. I think life in solitary confinement with no suicide watch. No tv, no books, no social interaction, they’d be killing themselves like no tomorrow. A great deterrent and rather fitting punishment.

  15. Daniel,
    A particular part of your response is quite interesting to me. “They have paid their debt to society”. That particular line is open to debate. As far as I am aware these criminals are in receipt of social welfare while they are in prison and they collect upon their release. Even if I am mistaken in my assumption on that previous point, they are unarguably incurring an extra expense on the average Irish taxpayer through the cost of their confinement in prison (which, lets face it, is more akin to a holiday camp these days). Keeping that in mind, are they not merely increasing their debt to society?
    While I would agree with the restoration of capital punishment and even in extreme cases the death penalty, I am aware of the complications involved and can appreciate the hardship it would cause. However, one suggestion that a friend of mine once suggested could be quite applicable to a grand number of offenders. If someone is up in court for a range of offences, or have a proven track record of criminal activity in the past (repeat offenders really), a very good solution would be to revoke their Irish citizenship. This would void them of their right to social welfare and if they try to flee the country to escape judgement, well, then it becomes a simple case of stopping them returning at the borders.

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