Court: Sex fantasy led to violent rape

Police appeal for information near the scene of the rape during their search for the attacker. Picture: Alan Storer/Peterborough ET
Police appeal for information near the scene of the rape during their search for the attacker. Picture: Alan Storer/Peterborough ET
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A violent rapist from Peterborough who left a woman moments from death in May 2009 fantasised about attacking strangers, a court has heard.

Artur Kleibor (22) was jailed for an indeterminate period for the public’s protection yesterday (4th February) after admitting the horrific rape of a 27-year-old mother as she walked along a dark cycle path in Westwood in May 2009 in an attack that shocked the city.

Kleibor, of Brookfurlong, Ravensthorpe, Peterborough, grabbed the woman from behind and strangled her until she fell unconscious before raping her on the cycle path in Gresley Way, Westwood at 3.20am on May 19.

Members of Kleibor’s family, who were sitting in the public gallery, held their heads in their hands as they heard how the Polish national left the woman stripped from the waist-down lying on the floor - but said he knew he had not killed her as ‘he could hear her screaming’ as he walked away.

Huntingdon Crown Court was told that Kleibor admitted fantasising about sexually assaulting strangers in the past, but had not planned the terrifying attack until he saw the helpless woman as he walked home from a party.

But despite one of the largest man-hunts in Peterborough history, Kleibor escaped arrest for 16 months - until officers stopped him on an unrelated drink-driving matter, and DNA tests proved his guilt.

Detective Inspector Simon Harding, who investigated the case, said officers had almost given up on catching the offender before the stroke of luck.

DI Harding said: “It was one of those cases where he could have gone on for years before he was caught.

“We knew nothing about the man’s background, but there was a thought that he could have moved away from the area.

“I am really pleased that we have been able to bring the case to a successful conclusion, and hope it can bring some closure for the victim.”

Claire Matthews, prosecuting, told the court: “As the woman walked along the cycle path, he approached going the opposite direction. He passed her, turned round and grabbed her from behind. He was completely silent.

“She began to beg him not to kill her, because she had children.

She said: “He strangled her, rendered her unconscious and removed her lower clothing.”

Miss Matthews said when she came round she called her landlord, who then called police.

“She was able to give a chilling description of the man, saying ‘his eyes were big, wide, staring and terrifying.’”

A doctor who examined the victim said that had Kleibor continued to strangle the woman, it would probably have been fatal.

Following the rape, Cambridgeshire police launched a man-hunt, with hundreds of men taking DNA tests in an effort to find the culprit.

Defending, Angus Bunyon said: “The best mitigation is his guilty plea.

“He is a young man who has no other relevant convictions.”

Sentencing, Judge Nicholas Coleman said: “This is every woman’s nightmare.

“The horrifying consequences will live with your victim for the rest of her life.

He added: “You lack victim empathy, and it appears you fail to realise the full consequences of your actions. “This is a course of conduct that would attract a life sentence.

“You pose a significant risk of causing serious physical harm to members of the public.”

Judge Coleman said Kleibor could be eligible for parole in just four years.

“Before anyone runs away thinking you are likely to be released in four years let me assure you the chances of that are remote.

“Only when it is felt that it is safe to release you will that be considered, and that could be for many years.”