Lukasz Cholomek moved to the UK in 2017 some time after his last alleged attack and even appeared on BBC’s Crimewatch as part of an appeal by Polish police officers to track him down
A man suspected of two rapes fled Poland to the UK and was caught near a primary school.
Tattooed fugitive Lukasz Cholomek was able to enter Britain despite serving a prison sentence at home for a sexual assault charge.
He was also suspected of two other crimes in Poland – and police fear he may have been hitting women here too.
The case will cast new doubts on Tory Home Secretary Priti Patel’s pledge to keep foreign criminals out of the country.
In January – the month that Cholomek was captured – she vowed to “stop at nothing” to prevent them from roaming here unhindered.
Polish police said his prison sentence for an offense was “similar” to the two rapes he is suspected of.
He moved to the UK some time after the last alleged attack in 2017.
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He was living near West Thornton Primary School in Croydon, south London, when he was eventually tracked down and is now being kicked out of the UK.
His alleged crimes were described by Polish police officers as part of a BBC Crimewatch appeal in 2020.
They say he is accused of sustained mental and physical abuse of his alleged victim over a period of six months, including raping her twice, pinning her and covering her mouth.
The alleged victim told police that Cholomek threatened to kill her and kicked her all over her body during the alleged attacks in Katowice, 300 miles south of the capital Warsaw.
He appeared in the TV call along with four other wanted men from Eastern Europe. Delivery.
At the time, Det Sgt Peter Rance of the National Extradition Unit said, “These men are not to be approached.”
Cholomek, who is in his 30s, is being held in custody at Wandsworth Prison awaiting extradition – which has been approved by Westminster magistrates.
Foreign criminals sentenced to more than a year in prison will be banned from entering the UK under the post-Brexit points-based immigration system introduced in January 2021
Ms Patel has said overseas killers and rapists “should not stay in our country”.
Last month a fugitive fleeing a double murder in Poland was jailed for killing an ex-policeman here.
Sylwester Krajewski fled after being released on license for five days after serving half of a 25-year sentence for the 1992 murder of a husband and wife.
Last year he killed former police officer Clive Porter, 63, in Aylesbury, Bucks. Krajewski, 50, was sentenced to life in prison last month.
In another case, a suspected murderer from Afghanistan managed to break into Britain under an assumed name.
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