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In the courts
A man who brutally assaulted two young women in a “sickening” attack has been sentenced to more than a decade in prison.
Petr Priessnitz, aged 30, was sentenced in his absence to 10 years and two months in jail at Newcastle Crown Court on Friday 3 March.
He had previously pleaded guilty to ABH and GBH following the incident at Newcastle Railway Station on Tuesday 8 September 2020, but later fled the country.
Officers will now be working relentlessly to bring him back to the UK and face justice, with an international arrest warrant already requested.
The court heard how Priessnitz lured the two vulnerable women to the station car park.
Once there he subjected one victim, who has since died, to a lengthy assault; stamping on her face, smashing her front teeth and breaking her nose.
When the other victim attempted to help her friend, he assaulted her.
Priessnitz continued the assault to the point that one of the women lost consciousness.
DS Graham Marshall-Batey investigating officer said:
"The horrific injuries sustained in the attack left two innocent women mentally scarred by what happened that night.
"Priessnitz' continued attempts to escape justice demonstrate that, despite pleading guilty to the offences, he has not a shred of remorse.
“But I have a message for him – Priessnitz, you can’t run forever and we will ensure you face justice for your actions.
"Priessnitz is an extremely dangerous individual and the fact that he will soon be behind bars makes Newcastle a safer place.”
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