‘Predator’ who posed as police officer to rape two sex workers is jailed for 14 years

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Pawel Pazola, 51, raped two sex workers after posing as a police officer. (Met Police)
Pawel Pazola, 51, raped two sex workers after posing as a police officer. (Met Police)

A man who pretended to be a police officer to rape two sex workers has been jailed for 14 years.

Pawel Pazola, 51, produced a fake police badge and an imitation firearm during one of the attacks last year, the court heard.

During both assaults, which happened on separate occasions, he threatened to arrest and deport the victims.

Both women, in their 20s, were from Brazil but did not know each other before the attacks.

Pazola, from Crawley, was jailed at Wood Green Crown Court on Friday after being found guilty of all charges, including rape, on 2 September.

An imitation firearm was seized after a search of Pazola's home address and car. (Met Police)
An imitation firearm was seized after a search of Pazola's home address and car. (Met Police)

Pazola had arranged sexual services with both victims using an escort website.

He met the first victim on 7 August 2020 at an address in Camden.

He forced her to engage in sexual acts that went beyond their agreement.

She was initially fearful of reporting the attack in case she was arrested but eventually went to police on 10 August, 2020, after being assisted by a support worker from Rehab UK.

The victim also reported what happened on a WhatsApp group for other Brazilian sex workers in the UK.

Through this group, she found out a similar incident happened to another woman two weeks later.

Pazola had met up with his second victim at a flat in Bayswater, Westminster, on 22 August 2020.

He again forced the woman to engage in sexual acts which she had not consented to.

The first victim encouraged her to report the assault to police and she did so on 27 August 2020.

Detectives from Central North’s Serious Sexual Offences Team began an investigation and through phone work, Pazola was identified and he was arrested on 30 August 2020 at an address in Crawley.

An imitation police badge, a black replica handgun and £1,380 in cash were seized after searching his home address and car.

Both victims returned to Brazil before the trial but could give evidence via video link to help secure the conviction.

Pawel Pazola used a fake police badge. (Met Police)
Pawel Pazola used a fake police badge. (Met Police)

Pazola was jailed for two counts of rape, one count of robbery, one count of impersonating a police officer and one count of possession of an imitation firearm which he had on him whilst committing the rape.

Pazola took back the cash he had initially paid the victims and stole additional money from the second victim.

The judge ordered that following his release, he must remain on licence for a further four years and he has been made subject to sex offenders notification requirement for life.

Detective Sergeant Sam Lockstone, who led the investigation, said: “Pazola is a highly dangerous predator who sought to take advantage of the victims’ perceived vulnerabilities for his own gratification and monetary gain.

“I would like to praise the victims for showing such bravery and courage throughout this investigation and during the trial.

“I am especially pleased that our supportive response to the first victim encouraged the second victim to come forward.”

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