A WEALTHY businessman has been jailed for attacking a sex worker he fell in love with after offering her £50,000 to quit her job and marry him.
Jonathan Kovacik, 58, was ‘besotted’ with Rosalynde Pitcher, 21, but shot her when she ended their relationship after he paid for her £6,000 breast implants.
Portsmouth Crown Court heard Ms Pitcher, an adult webcam worker, was ‘stringing him along’ for his money and persuaded the former parish councillor to fund her breast operation.
The pair began a relationship and Kovacik offered her £50,000 to quit her job.
However, on December 21 last year, he visited her home in Shanklin on the Isle of Wight armed with a Walther CP88 competition air pistol and diving knife with a 6in blade. He then accidentally shot her with a pellet fired from the gun and hit her five times over the head with the weapon, the court heard.
It came after their relationship broke off once Ms Pitcher received the money to enlarge her breasts.
By any standards this was an extraordinary incident and it was an extraordinary caseJudge Roger Hetherington
Ms Pitcher denied they were in a relationship. She told the court she dropped to her knees and screamed for help as Kovacik pointed a gun directly at her head.
Jailing Kovacik for 21 months, Judge Roger Hetherington said: ‘By any standards this was an extraordinary incident and it was an extraordinary case.
‘It seems that you have become besotted with your relationship you have formed with this young woman.
‘She had her own agenda and I think to an extent you were taken in by her. But I accept that you genuinely did believe that the two of you were in a loving relationship which unfortunately appears to have come to an end in the middle of December.’
Kovacik, of Shanklin, was handed 18 months for his conviction of unlawful wounding against Ms Pitcher, as well as a restraining order preventing him from ever contacting her again.
His sentence was extended by three months because of a further conviction for possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence against PC Matthew Rumsey in a standoff later that night.
Kovacik was also given six months to run concurrently for having an article with a blade or point.
He must also pay £2,000 in costs.