Man jailed for life for rape - Hemel Hempstead and Cheshunt

04/12/2015

A convicted Polish rapist, who came to the UK, changed his name and then raped two more women, was jailed for life today, Friday, 04 December 2015.

Rafal Bargiel, also known as Tomasz Puchalski, aged 40, met the women, who lived in London and who were both Polish, through internet dating sites where he posed as a wealthy 'sugar daddy.'

As he raped them and subjected them to degrading sexual acts he also filmed their ordeals for his own perverted pleasure.

At St Albans Crown Court, Prosecutor Simon Ash said: "The defendant told the women he was doing what he was doing to teach a lesson to women like them."

In the first attack in November 2014, he raped a 19-year-old woman in his Jaguar car after driving her into a field near Hemel Hempstead, Herts late at night.

The woman said that, after finding herself trapped in the car with Bargiel, he filmed her on a small camera as he made her perform sex acts on him. She said when she asked if she could have a cigarette, he told her: "Maybe it's going to be your last cigarette in your life."

He was arrested following the attack and, after being interviewed, was bailed pending further enquiries.

Five months later, in April this year, and while he was still on police bail for the first attack, he raped another young woman in a hotel room after making contact with her through an internet dating site.

She told the court she had hoped to meet a "nice guy" and she said he took her to a hotel near Cheshunt where she thought they were going to have a meal. Instead, she said, he took her to a room, ordered her to strip, tied her up, took out a knife and raped her while filming her ordeal. "I asked if he was going to kill me and he laughed. He just told me he wanted to rape me all night long," she told the jury.

Following the second attack, Bargiel, a single man, who had studied for a biology degree in Poland before starting a PHD in the United States, was arrested once more and held in custody.

Bargiel was jailed for life today when he appeared for sentence, having been found guilty in October, after a trial, of raping the women.  He is to serve a minimum of 8-years before being considered for parole.

Passing sentence, Judge Andrew Bright QC told him: "You subjected them to the most degrading acts. At times they were in fear of losing their lives. There was a quite a deal of planning. You sought them out and portrayed yourself as a sugar daddy."

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