Leicestershire man who claimed he was fast asleep during sex attack is jailed

A man who claimed he was fast asleep when he had sex with a woman after a night out has been jailed.

Karl Gammon, 24, appeared at Leicester Crown Court yesterday (Friday 31 August) where he was sentenced to five years imprisonment, after being found guilty of rape earlier this month.

Gammon, of Albert Street, Loughborough, accepted DNA evidence proved he had had sex with the woman but denied raping her in March 2016.

He claimed he suffered from a rare sleeping disorder known as “sexsomnia” or “sleep-related sexual behaviour”, a form of non-insane automatism.

He was found guilty of the offence following an eight-day trial at Leicester Crown Court.

The judge also ordered he be placed on the sex offenders register indefinitely.

Detective Sergeant Tom Brenton, who led the investigation, said: “Gammon’s victim has shown tremendous courage throughout the judicial process despite living with the trauma of that night more than two years ago.”

“Not only did Gammon prey on his victim when she was vulnerable, he claimed not to have knowledge of the rape when questioned by officers and as such she was forced to relive her ordeal in court.”

“I can only hope that today’s result will help to give her closure and move forward with her life.”