Sex attacker Mariusz Cieslar jailed for nine years
A 26-year-old Polish man has been sentenced to nine years for sexually assaulting two women in Livingston in April and May last year.
Mariusz Cieslar targeted his two victims at night at their homes in the town. He was caught due to the distinctive trainers he was wearing.
He had previously pleaded guilty to assaulting both women with intent to rape.
When he is released from jail, he will be supervised for five years.
At the High Court in Glasgow, judge Lord Turnbull said he was giving an extended sentence "to mark society's utter abhorrence" of his conduct and through deterrence this would go some way to provide protection to other women.
He said in each case Cieslar intended to rape the victim and was only prevented from achieving this by the "bravery, persistence, resilience and quick thinking" of the women involved.
The judge told Cieslar: "The full horror of your conduct becomes even clearer when it becomes apparent that each victim was specifically selected by you in advance and that you prowled around at night keeping them under observation before deciding upon the right point to put your evil plans into action."
During an investigation, police discovered Cieslar had worn Adidas Adipure trainers after footprints were left at the scene.
Cieslar was then linked to a pair bought at a shop near to where he lived.