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Wimbledon burglary attack: Man charged

Oskar Pawlowichz Image copyright Met Police
Image caption Oskar Pawlowichz was arrested in Leominster on Tuesday

A man wanted in connection with a violent burglary at a home in south-west London has appeared in court.

Polish national Oskar Pawlowichz, 29, arrested in Leominster, Herefordshire, on Tuesday, was charged at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court with aggravated burglary and grievous bodily harm.

He was remanded in custody to appear at Kingston Crown Court on 25 September.

Paul Kohler, 55, suffered a fractured eye socket in the attack at his home on 11 August.

The lecturer at London's School of African and Oriental Studies was left with "life-changing injuries" after the attack.

He has since undergone surgery for a fractured eye socket and also suffered multiple facial injuries and extensive bruising to his face, body and limbs.

Mr Kohler's wife was also threatened by two of the intruders, who tried to tape her to a chair during the raid.

Image caption Paul Kohler underwent reconstructive surgery following the attack

Pawel Honc, 23, of no fixed address, and Mariusz Tomaszewski, 32, Tooting, have also been charged with the same offences.

A 30-year-old who was arrested has been released on bail pending further inquiries.

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