By Shaun Milne
A WOMAN who fears she came face to face with Polish sex attacker Tomasz Kryczyk while his victim was still being raped described him as “evil” yesterday – and spoke of her regret at not calling police when she had the chance.
The 39-year-old from Dalry in Edinburgh – who does not want to be identified – said she stumbled across the sadist as he scrambled up an embankment and started adjusting his clothing.
It was thought his co-accused – Michal Marchlewski – may still have been raping their 24-year-old Australian victim during an eight hour ordeal.
Today the woman told how she will always regret failing to call police despite admitting being spooked by their “sinister” behaviour.
And while Kryczyk hanged himself in prison and Marchlewski faces life in jail, she knows the life of their victim has been ruined forever.
She said: “They say the eyes are a way to see to the soul and his were evil.”
Recalling the day of the attack, she added: “I was walking my dog when he came up from out of the trees.
“He started fixing his trousers and jacket, straightening them up.
“He didn’t seem to be nervous of looking around. Just emotionless.
“He didn’t try to hide or anything. I knew that something was not quite right with him, it was the look on his face and how he acted.
“He started to stare at the girls. Then the younger man came out as well.
“They talked in an East European language and they just stared at the girls in a way which just made me feel uncomfortable.
“It was sinister.”
She added: “The way he (Kryczyk) looked at them was just not right.
“His face was blank – he seemed to be cracked in the head.”
“They say the eyes are a way to see to the soul and his were evil.
“I actually thought about calling the police – but I didn’t.
“I regret that, now.”
The attack took place on February 16 when their victim was pounced upon as she walked through a subway near the Fountainpark complex in Edinburgh.
She was subdued by a pepper spray to the face and dragged to their lair nearby where Kryczyk raped her five or six times and Marchlewski at least twice.
Marchlewski admitted his guilt in court on Tuesday an faces life in jail after Lord Bracdale deferred sentence for reports.
Detective Inspector Duncan Morrison from Lothian and Borders Police described the incident as the most horrific sexual crime he had ever investigated.
The brave victim, who has now moved back to Australia, told the court she was convinced the men had planned to kill her.