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Rafal Zebrowski jailed for 'terrifying' rape bid in Leith

A man has been jailed for four years after he attempted to rape a student in a "terrifying" attack in her Edinburgh home.

The victim's ordeal only ended when police arrived at her home in Leith.

Rafal Zebrowski was convicted of attempting to rape the woman on 13 January last year.

At the High Court in Edinburgh, a judge told the 25-year-old: "The incident was a terrifying one for the victim."

Lord Doherty said it was clear from the woman's testimony and a victim impact statement that she continued to suffer following the attack.

Significant sentence

The judge said he took into account that Zebrowski was a first offender with a good work record.

But he added: "I would be failing in my public duty if I did not impose a significant custodial sentence for such a serious crime."

Lord Doherty pointed out that the sexual advances made by Zebrowski to the 21-year-old were unwelcome and had been rejected.

However, he refused to accept "no" for an answer.

Pizza chef Zebrowski, formerly of West Cromwell Street in Edinburgh, had been invited to the woman's home but refused to leave when asked.

Defence solicitor advocate Jim Keegan QC said his client, who followed proceedings with an interpreter, was "an intelligent individual" who was spoken highly of by employers.

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