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Sex attacker 'made frantic jabs' at his own throat during court hearing

A reporter has described the "surreal" moment she saw a sex attacker stab himself in the neck while he waited to be sentenced in court.

Lukasz Robert Pawlowski, 33, was in the dock at Haverfordwest Magistrates' Court in Pembrokeshire, west Wales, on Wednesday morning when he cut his own throat.

Paramedics were called and Pawlowski was airlifted to hospital with what Wales Ambulance Service described as "serious" injuries.

A Western Telegraph reporter, who asked not to be named, was in the courtroom when the incident happened at around 10.20am and said she was not sure if the defendant had lost consciousness but "he did lose a lot of blood".

She said: "The defendant was in the dock for a sentencing hearing when he attracted his solicitor's attention to ask to be allowed to go to the toilet.

"He returned to the dock very quickly, remained standing then muttered something through the glass.

"Suddenly everyone in the courtroom turned as he made stabbing motions at his neck. I couldn't see what he had in his hand, but he made several frantic jabs at his throat.

"The alarm was raised and the clerk rang the emergency services while court staff rushed in to administer first aid.

"It all happened so quickly, the paramedics and police were on the scene really quickly and treated him in the dock as the court was sealed off.

"It was a surreal situation, and I think everyone was quite shaken, but the court staff were very supportive and professional throughout."

Pawlowski had previously pleaded guilty to sexual assault by grabbing and kissing a shop assistant.

A spokeswoman for Dyfed-Powys Police said officers were called to the court and found an injured man at the scene, who was receiving treatment by paramedics and the court has been closed in order for inquiries to take place.

She added: "Police are not looking to speak to anyone else in connection with this incident at this time."

A spokesman for Wales Ambulance Service said: "The Wales Air Ambulance, two crews and emergency ambulances and an ambulance officer attended the scene and a man was airlifted to Morriston Hospital in Swansea with a serious injury.''

Preseli Pembrokeshire MP Stephen Crabb tweeted: ''Disturbing news. No-one should be in a position to harm themselves or others in a courtroom.''

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