Man faces jail for crude offences against women in Hull | UK news
A man has been told he faces a prison sentence of “some substance” after admitting a campaign of crude offences against women.
Pawel Relowicz’s victims were left feeling “violated” by his actions, which included pleasuring himself in public, spying on women in compromising positions and stealing sexual items from properties, Sheffield crown court heard.
Relowicz was due to go on trial at Sheffield crown court on Monday but instead admitted four counts of voyeurism, two of outraging public decency and three of burglary over an 19-month period in Hull.
He was also charged with two further counts of burglary, one of outraging public decency and one of handling stolen goods, but these will lie on file.
The judge Jeremy Richardson QC said of the crimes: “It’s a campaign. Every single one of these crimes has a sexual undertone.”
He told Relowicz: “Your criminality, taken as a whole, plainly warrants a sentence of imprisonment of some substance.”
The voyeurism charges relate to four instances when Relowicz was caught watching women between June 2017 and December 2018. One of the victims had just moved into a new home and was engaged in an “intimate act” with her boyfriend when she saw Relowicz spying on them them through an open window.
In a victim impact statement read out in court, the woman said: “It is something that I still think about to this day, and it weighs heavily on my mind.”
Relowicz spied on a different woman after she had got out of the shower on 16 February 2018. He had apparently planned the offence after noticing the victim’s blinds did not fit properly.
In the early hours of 6 May last year he came within inches of the window of a woman’s bedroom when she was wearing only a sports bra and pyjama bottoms, and on Boxing Day he watched another woman dancing in her lounge wearing only leggings and a bra, the court heard. The same woman also reported seeing Relowicz’s hands coming through her letterbox less than a month later.
Among the burglary offences, he stole three vibrators from a property in Hull on 9 December 2017. Richard Woolfall, prosecuting, said it was worthy of note that Relowicz did not take a high-value laptop from the same property.
Relowicz also admitted stealing £148 in cash from the home of a woman, who found an unwrapped condom in her living room by one of her children’s toys, “together with a pair of knickers that must have been removed from a washing basket that had been in the kitchen,” Woolfall said. The prosecutor said the items had been left in the home as “a calling card”.
On another occasion Relowicz stole photographs, condoms, a laptop, an e-reader and a speaker from a Hull property, the court was told.
On two occasions in January this year women saw him masturbating in the street, with one saying he “didn’t seem bothered” to have been spotted, prosecutors said.
Dale Brook, defending, said a period in custody would be made “all the worse” by the fact that Relowicz has two young children, aged nine months and three years. Brook said the defendant intended to return to Poland “as soon as possible”.