A sex attacker slit his own throat and collapsed in a bloody heap in a courtroom dock as he was due to be sentenced for attacking a shop assistant.
Lukasz Robert Pawlowski, 33, appeared in the dock on the sex assault charge when he asked to leave the dock to go to the toilet.
As he returned he ‘slashed wildly’ at his throat – and collapsed in a bloody heap at Haverfordwest Magistrates Court in Pembrokeshire, West Wales.
Ambulance workers and a helicopter were called to the court to treat badly injured Pawlowski are on the scene. He survived the incident, though is said to have serious injuries.
One witness who was in the court said: ‘He came into the dock, then asked to go to the toilet.
‘He went out, came back, muttered something then started slashing at his throat.
‘The court room was then cleared out, and first aid was given by paramedics in the dock. I’m not sure if he lost consciousness but he did lose a lot of blood.’
Pawlowski, of Bush Street, Pembroke Dock, West Wales, pleaded guilty to sexual assault in December and was due to be sentenced today.
He had been banned from entering the shop, which cannot be named for legal reasons, after groping a female member of staff in October.
The court earlier heard Pawlowski gestured to the woman to kiss him when he walked into the shop where she worked on October 30.
After she declined he leant towards her, grabbed her wrists and kissed her on the cheek, then walked off into the store.
Pawlowski later grabbed her from behind while she carried cans of lager across the store.
Alex Scott, prosecuting, said: ‘He pulled her backwards and proceeded to kiss her on the lips. She went back to the counter and told him he had no right to do that.’
The incident was captured on CCTV and Pawlowski was arrested two days later.
Pawlowski admitted kissing her, although claimed the woman consented. However a victim impact statement read to the court said: ‘The incident made me fell dirty and I feel vulnerable in work now. It impacted on my job, and I don’t feel I can work nights.’
She added: ‘I’m still fearful of seeing him, and avoid Bush Street in case I see him.
‘I still get scared and concerned whenever I am on my own in the shop. I don’t know if I can carry on working there in fear.’
He originally denied the offence but later changed his plea to guilty.