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Bowness sexual offender has sentence slashed on appeal
3:02pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in News
A POLISH migrant - labelled a "beast" by a judge after he sexually molested two young girls - has had his jail term cut on appeal.
Tomasz Kuczaj, 34, blamed his interest in young girls on the way he was brought up in his homeland and inflicted his perverted desires on the two girls aged just nine and 11, London's Appeal Court heard.
Kuczaj, of Kendal Road, Bowness on Windermere, was jailed for a total of 14 years in June after admitting attempted rape and three counts of sexual assault on a child under 13 at Carlisle Crown Court.
Today Lord Justice Aikens, Mr Justice Openshaw and Judge Anthony Morris QC, sitting at London's Criminal Appeal Court, ruled that punishment too tough - and cut Kuczaj's total sentence to 10 years.
The court heard that Kuczaj had arrived in the UK from Poland in 2005 and attacked his victims after settling in the Lake District.
His crimes were uncovered when one of the girls told a teacher what had happened to her and the police were alerted.
Kuczaj later said his unhealthy sexual interest in young girls stemmed from his up-bringing, but Judge Paul Batty QC told him when passing sentence: "You were a beast to these little girls – and I am afraid there is no other word."
Today lawyers for Kuczaj argued that Judge Batty fell into error by passing three consecutive sentences on the Polish pervert for the attempted rape and the sex assaults on each of the girls.
Lord Justice Aikens agreed to cut his sentence, making concurrent the sentence for the assault on the girl whom he also tried to rape, whilst the other sentences remained consecutive.
The result was that Kuczaj's total term dropped by four years. He is facing deportation back to his homeland after his release.