Violent rapist behind bars thanks to partnership working
A violent rapist is now serving a nine-year jail term thanks to the collaborative work between ACRO and Hertfordshire Constabulary's Sexual Offences Investigation Team (SOIT).
In an unprovoked attack, Piotr Metrycki punched the victim before threatening her at knife point and then subjected her to a terrifying attack.
The 33-year-old, of no fixed abode, attacked the victim at a shopping centre in Hemel Hempstead in February 2018.
Metrycki, who is originally from Poland, pleaded guilty in April 2018 at St Albans Crown Court to rape and actual bodily harm.
The judge asked for the defendant’s overseas convictions. Through the international criminal conviction exchange process, the ACRO team were able to pass this information on which, although this had no bearing on the sentence, did highlight the importance of the court insisting on having them.
The value that ACRO can add has been praised by our colleagues at Hertfordshire Constabulary.
Foreign National Strategy coordinator, Steve White, said the sexual offences team were very relieved to get a response over to the court in time.
“Metrycki's record didn’t show similar offending overseas but did demonstrate evidence of bad character.
“The requests themselves had come from the CPS and the court itself, so serves to illustrate the growing awareness and perceived value of ACRO checks within both the CPS and the judiciary.
“It’s good to know that the courts and the CPS are becoming more aware of ACRO and the value it adds.”
30th November 2018