March 2019

Teenager repeatedly tried to rape a 14-year-old girl

A teenager repeatedly tried to rape a 14-year-old girl after following her through a Derby park.

Roman Krok pushed the petrified teenager against a fence and then a van as he tried to violate her.

“I can tell you’re a virgin,” Krok said to his victim during the barbaric attack.

Derby Crown Court was told how the girl was “frozen in shock” as the 18-year-old put his hands on her private parts and tried to force himself inside her.

Krok has a string of robbery convictions to his name and once sexually assaulted a fellow school pupil when he was aged just 12.

Since he has been in custody, no one from his family has visited him.

Sending him to a young offender’s institution for four years and nine months, Judge Shaun Smith QC said: “Your victim was just 14 and had the misfortune to come across you as she walked through a park.

“She saw you and she did not want to stop but you followed her.

“You first forced her against a fence and carried out a terrifying attack on her.

“She managed to push you away but you followed her and attempted to rape her again.

“She must have been absolutely terrified at what was going to happen to her.

“She said she was frozen in shock, you followed her a third time and tried again, almost succeeding.

“What happened to her will no doubt live in her memory for a long, long, time.”

Sarah Slater, prosecuting, said the offence happened on Sherwood Recreation Ground, next to Pear Tree railway station, on the evening of August 7 last year.

She said the victim was walking to a local shop when she encountered Krok, of Normanton, who was sitting on a bench having smoked cannabis.”

Miss Slater said he spoke to the victim, followed her and then pushed her against a fence where he attempted to rape her.

She said: “He told her ‘I love you, we could get married, I can tell you’re a virgin’.

“She was frozen in shock because she was so scared of him.

“She managed to get away and he pushed her against a van and tried again.”

Miss Slater said Krok tried on three separate occasions to rape the teen. After the incident she ran home and told her family.

They called the police and arrested Krok, of Holcombe Street, having recognised him from the description the teenager gave of the sex attacker.

She said: “She made a victim impact statement in which she said she was concerned because she is a virgin and feels that when she goes to church now people are judging her.

“It has affected her sleep and even what she now wears as she is particularly worried about wearing skirts.”

Krok, who was on bail for his latest robbery at the time of the attack, pleaded guilty to attempted rape.

Dawn Pritchard, mitigating, said her client had come to the UK at the age of 10 from his home country of Slovakia.

She said his childhood was “chaotic and turbulent” during which he was neglected by his mother and started to hang around with a bad crowd. They began injecting him with class A drugs from the age of 13.

Miss Pritchard said: “He comes from a background that lacked sexual boundaries and maintains that he thought the girl was 16.

“Since he has been in custody, he has had no visits at all from his family which is a sad state of affairs for someone so young.”

Judge Smith said the law meant he had to sentence Krok on guidelines for a juvenile because he was 17 when he carried out the attempted rape.

He said “I have read reports about you and you have a disturbing attitude towards young women and women in general.”

As well as the jail term Krok will be on the sex offender’s register for life and was handed a seven-year sexual harm prevention order.

A decision on whether or not to deport him will be made by the Home Office.