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Burglars who attacked university professor Paul Kohler receive up to 19 years in jailFour Polish criminals who attacked law professor Paul Kohler in his Wimbledon home show no emotion as they are jailed for up to 19-yearsFour Polish burglars who took part in a raid which left a university professor “savagely” beaten have been jailed for up to 19-years.
Paul Kohler, 55, suffered a fractured eye socket, a fracture to his left jawbone, a broken nose and bruising that left him “utterly unrecognisable” during the attack at his home in Wimbledon, south London.
His wife, Samantha MacArthur, 50, was also threatened by the intruders on the night of August 11 last year.
Pawel Honc and Mariusz Tomaszewski, who both admitted grevious bodily harm with intent and aggravated burglary, were sentenced to 19 years each, when they appeared before Kingston Crown Court.
Oskar Pawlowicz and Dawid Tychon, who pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary, were both sentenced to 13 years after they pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary.
Sentencing the men, Judge Susan Tapping said they had targeted Mr Kohler’s house either because they had the expectation of finding items of “significant value” to steal or because they chose the wrong address to collect a debt.
Mr Kohler, who was flanked by his wife and three of his four daughters – Eloise, Beth and Saskia – held his jaw and watched the men intently as they were given their sentence.
He hugged his daughters and wife and smiled afterwards.
Honc, 24, Tomaszewski, 32, Pawlowicz, 30, and Tychon, 29, all remained calm as they were sent down.
Prosecutor Charles Evans previously told the court the attack began when Mr Kohler went to answer the door while his wife and daughter Eloise and her boyfriend Geraint were upstairs.
Describing how the four men suddenly burst into the house, Mr Evans said: “No words were used, nor threats, just a rain of punches described by Mr Kohler as harder than anything he had ever experienced.”
One of the men demanded “where’s the money?” and Mr Kohler screamed “you’ve got the wrong address”.
Mr Evans said: “Mr Kohler has absolutely no idea why the defendants targeted him and believes the defendants came to the wrong address.”
The court heard that, apart from Honc, all the other defendants have long criminal records in their country and Pawlowicz has been convicted in the UK for a raft of offences.
Tychon has a total of 14 convictions in Poland, including four counts of burglary between 2005 and 2012 and one of robbery with a weapon in 2005 for which he served 39 months of a 58-month sentence.
For his part, Tomaszewski has 11 convictions in his country, including four counts of burglary between 2005 and 2006.
And Pawlowicz has seven convictions in Poland including four counts of burglary in 2005 and 2006, beating in 1996, robbery with a weapon in 2002 for which he served two years and violent disorder in 2003 for which he was sentenced to four years.
He was also given a three-month suspended sentence at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court for sexual assault in 2006 and was also found in possession of an offensive weapon that year.
The following year he was found guilty of drink-driving and in 2010 he was sentenced at Worcester Crown Court to seven months for affray.