September 2021

Sex offender handed 10 more years in prison

A judge said yesterday that Slawomir Gierlowski remained a serious threat to women


A convicted sex offender who attempted to rape a woman during a late-night attack in public has had ten years added to the lengthy prison term he is serving for other attacks.

In 2018 Slawomir Gierlowski, 36, was jailed for 22 and a half years, with four years suspended, for random outdoor attacks on three other women. Those attacks took place in the Clondalkin area between 2011 and 2016.

After a Central Criminal Court trial in May 2019, Gierlowski of Drimnagh, Dublin, was convicted of attempted rape, sexual assault and assault causing harm

August 2021

Woman who fought off serial sex attacker tells of relief after he loses appeal against jail term

A woman who fought off a serial sex attacker has spoken of her relief after he lost his court appeal against his jail term.

Slawomir Gierlowski, 37, was banged up for 18-and-a-half years in 2018 for three pre-meditated attacks on women over a five-year period in south Dublin.

The roofer and father-of-two, originally from Poland, sexually assaulted two women on separate dates as they walked home from a night out.

On another occasion he put a hunting knife to his victim’s throat – but she put up a defence and managed to escape.

Earlier this week Gierlowski, of Galtymore Drive, Drimnagh in Dublin, lost his appeal against his sentence for false imprisonment which his lawyer claimed was “excessive”.

Ruth Maxwell – the woman who fought him off – said women would be safer with the brute off the streets.

Ruth was walking to the Luas on her way to work in May 2016 when Gierlowski put a hunting knife to her throat at a Clondalkin lane where he’d attacked two other women.

She suffered a life-changing injury to her hand fighting off her attacker when she grabbed the blade fearing he was about to slit her throat.

She said: “I take each day at a time according to how my hand functions. I’m naturally upbeat and positive so that helps.

“It will be a relief to get closure from the judicial system because that in itself is a traumatic experience.

“And the appeal could never have gone any other way due to the uncontested DNA evidence and the dangerous violent escalation in his primal behaviour.

“Society is lucky he was caught and is behind bars.”

Gierlowski was convicted of false imprisonment, sexual assault, assault and possession of a hunting knife.

Gardai closed in on him after tracing a suspect van and his DNA was matched to DNA found under the nails of one of his victims and on semen on the clothes of another.

Inside his van, gardai found duct tape and cable ties. Similar items were used on his second victim and were found near to where the third assault occurred.

Gierlowski is to be sentenced for other crimes by separate courts in the coming months