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Wiltold Olczyk to be deported after attacking Polish Father and Son in Bognor
Police Press Release
16 January 2013
ref- PR41440 /2013
A 44-year-old man has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years imprisonment for beating a father and son at a house in Bognor Regis.
Wiltold Olczyk, of Stanmore Gardens, Bognor Regis, was sentenced on 15 January after a five day trial at The Old Bailey Central Criminal Court.
The conviction - which includes his ultimate deportation - is as a result of Operation Accent, the Arun initiative aimed at cutting crime and reducing vulnerability among the Eastern European community. The assaults took place at a multi-occupancy house in Nyewood Lane on the 27 February last year.
The victims were a 48-year-old Polish male and his 20-year-old son who were living at the address, which, the court heard, was controlled by Olczyk.
At one point, Olczyk also controlled an address in Bassett Road, Bognor Regis, where it was also alleged he had previously assaulted another Polish man.
Oliver Dunkin, prosecuting counsel, said: "This is a culture you may find alien. Olczyk had control over these houses and the people in them. 16 people in a house - 6 living in the dining room. There will be no disruption in the house otherwise a mole will call Olczyk and he will come and sort it out. There was a scuffle at the house on the evening of 27 February between Polish residents and the court heard that Olczyk was summonsed there by a woman at the premises. When he arrived, he took the two victims to a living room and assaulted them both, punching them both and stamping on the leg of the older man. He sustained a fractured cheekbone and a broken metatarsal in his foot, which still impedes his mobility.
Sentencing Olczyk, Judge Wide QC said: "In February of last year you were acting as a sort of enforcer by arranging homes and organising how houses were run in Bognor Regis, with people from your native Poland. You brought two persons to the UK and you were deeply involved in the management of these people's lives and these offences have been committed against this background. It is obvious why you were called to that house. You were an enormous man, trained in martial arts. We have heard that you were feared. Being feared was what you were about. When there was trouble at this house in Nyewood Lane, you went to teach them how the house should be operated and meted this out with violence. You took the younger male back to the house for the very purpose of attacking him. You got them both in the living room where no-one else was and subjected them to a sustained, violent and pre-meditated attack with repeated use of fists and feet. An indication of the role you were playing at the time is these victims were fearful of going to the police."
He sentenced Olczyk to concurrent sentences of two years imprisonment for assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and three-and-a-half years for grievous bodily harm.
He also stated that Olczyk should be deported back to Poland.
Speaking after the trial, Detective Inspector Tanya Jones, who heads the Operation Accent team, said: "It took these vulnerable victims four months to summon up the courage to come to the police. This shows the degree of control that Olczyk had over Polish residents in Bognor Regis - a community who will feel safer now this man is in prison and will then be deported. If anyone from this community has been a victim of this type of or similar offences but has concerns about coming forward and speaking to the police then we would like to reassure them that they will be treated with the utmost sensitivity and professionalism. This case shows that Sussex Police can and will deal effectively with this type of criminal activity that has occurred within the Polish community."
Operation Accent has a team of officers dedicated to liaising with the Eastern European Community,
They are contactable via email on - email@example.com
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