Polish man carried out string of muggings.

Posted: November 9, 2009 in Law & Disorder

Polish man who carried out a string of knifepoint robberies has been sent to a young offenders’ institution for two years and eight months.

IlieAdam Gutowski, 20, from Mayford Road, Poole, targeted four victims in the space of half an hour, threatening them and demanding cash, Bournemouth Crown Court heard. The court was told how Gutowski had fled to Poland but returned because of his religious beliefs.

The first victim Frazer Mulholland had been confronted by Gutowski and another man after he went to investigate noise from a party at 1.15am on August 22 this year. He was pushed and kicked before they demanded money and cigarettes. One brandished a five-inch-long metal file but they walked away empty-handed after he told them he had nothing.

Just 15 minutes later German national Michael Holzner, 20, was threatened with a kitchen knife and screwdriver as he waited for a taxi in Alder Road, Poole. Mr Holzner handed over around £45 and the pair ran off.

In the third incident, two teenagers, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were threatened and forced to hand over cash by the pair after encountering them at 1.45am following a night-out.

Gutowski pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing a bladed article, attempted robbery and two counts of robbery. He asked for another robbery to be taken into consideration.

Defending, Paul Fairley said Gutowski had returned to Poland after being given bail but had decided to come back to the UK. The other man had remained in Poland.

Sentencing Gutowski, Judge Christopher Harvey Clark QC described the offences as “terrifying”.


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