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Man who had sex in his sleep cleared of rape

Stephen Lee Davies, 43, claimed he suffered from sexsomnia — the ability to have intercourse while asleep — and had no recollection of the encounter with the 16-year-old student.

 

The girl had been staying at Davies’s home in Swansea when she became ill and was told to share his bed because his room was cooler. She said she awoke in the night to find him having intercourse with her.

Davies, a painter and decorator who represents Wales at sea angling, claimed he only realised something was wrong when he sent the teenager a text message the next day and she replied: “Go to hell, you dirty b . . . .”

During his trial at Swansea Crown Court, Davies’s former wife, Angela, told the jury that he would often become aroused in the middle of the night.

“He was never violent and never forced me to have sex against my will. Sometimes his eyes were open but there was no one at home,” she said.
She added: “It became a bit of a joke. I would say I must be pretty rubbish because he could not remember. Even if his eyes were open he would not remember.”

Another former partner said she could have entire conversations with him, as well as full sexual intercourse, without him waking up.

Dr Chris Idzikowski, the director of the Edinburgh Sleep Centre and founder of the British Sleep Society, told the court that Davies showed all the signs of suffering from sexsomnia.

“It affects mainly men who are deep sleepers. It can involve almost any sort of sexual activity and could go on for 20 or 30 minutes,” he said.
Judge Paul Thomas thanked the jury for dealing with “a particularly difficult case”.

Canadian researchers found almost one in 12 people had admitted engaging or initiating some sort of sexual activity while they slept.
Men accounted for three-quarters of the self-reported “sexsomniacs”, they found.

Experts say such sexual behaviour that occurred while sleeping can range from masturbation through to physical intercourse.

In their study, presented at a recent sleep conference, researchers from the Sleep Research Laboratory at the University Health Network in Toronto, found the disorder was more common than previously thought.
— Daily Telegraph

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