Patrik Gunar, 23, was jailed for three years in March 2018 after shocking CCTV showed his victim bravely trying to fend him off
A convicted robber from Slovakia who attacked a 12-year-old girl in the street will be deported for a second time after sneaking back into Britain with a new name.
Patrik Gunar, 23, was jailed for three years in March 2018 after CCTV footage showed him dragging his victim to the ground in Cambridge Street, Derby, during a struggle that lasted two minutes.
Gunar, who eventually fled with the girl’s iPhone 6 on February 18 last year, was released from custody and then deported to his native Slovakia in December, Derbyshire Police said.
While in Slovakia, he changed his name to Patrik Krajnak before re-entering the UK earlier this month.
He was arrested in Derby on Thursday as a result of intelligence gathered by a dedicated foreign national offender team.
At the time of the robbery, police thanked a number of celebrities – including Piers Morgan, Nick Knowles, Michael Vaughan and Gaby Roslin – for retweeting their appeal relating to the attack in Cambridge Street, Derby.
Gunar pleaded guilty to robbery as Derby Crown Court was shown footage of the girl struggling with him for around 25 seconds while she was on her way home from buying a cauliflower for her mother.
In an interview with police, he told officers ‘she was just a little girl’ and that she was ‘easy prey’.
Gunar was jailed for three years in March 2018 after CCTV footage showed his victim bravely trying to fend him off
Gunar appeared at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court on Thursday and was handed 18 weeks in prison for breaching his deportation order.
Police said he will now serve the remaining time left on his sentence for the original offence and will then be deported again.
Detective Sergeant Stuart Kershaw said: ‘I hope that today’s jailing of Patrik Gunar sends a message to all those who are deported from our county.
‘When any offender is deported as a result of a crime in Derbyshire, checks are carried out by the team with their home country.
Police said he will now serve the remaining time left on his sentence for the original offence and will then be deported again
‘If it is found they have, like in this case, been issued new documents in another name, then we will conduct the relevant checks as to whether they have re-entered the country.’
Mr Kershaw continued: ‘Officers found that Gunar had travelled from Slovakia to Luton earlier this month and, after further checks, he was arrested in Derby on July 25.
‘After appearing at court and being handed a further 18 weeks, he will now also serve the remainder of his sentence.
‘He will be once again deported and, should he think of trying to get back into the country again, we will be ready and waiting.’
District Judge Jonathan Taaffe told Southern Derbyshire Magistrates Court: ‘This is a worrying case for a number of reasons.’
He told Gunar: ‘You were sentenced to three years for an extremely worrying robbery of a 12-year-old child.
‘Right-thinking members of the public will wonder why you were released from that sentence under the early-release scheme.
‘I cannot comment on the circumstances of the release other than to say it seems extremely strange that a decision was made you should be released having served eight to nine months of that three-year sentence.’