A man who raped a woman while she was sleeping at a house party in Leeds has been jailed for five years.
Leeds Crown Court heard the woman woke up on a bed to discover Stephen Jaques was raping her during the incident in September 2011.
Father-of-two Jaques, 29, of Reasdale Gardens, Adel, Leeds, denied rape but was convicted by a Leeds Crown Court jury after a trial.
The court heard the woman was intoxicated after drinking and taking a recreational drug and had asked one of the house occupiers if she could use a bedroom because she wanted to sleep, alone.
Jailing Jaques for five years at yesterday’s sentencing hearing, Judge Peter Hunt told him: “Nothing had been said or done, either on that evening, or at any other time in the past that would indicate any consent on her part to any degree of sexual approach from you towards her.
“The circumstances lead to the obvious conclusion that you knew she had gone to a bedroom alone and you decided that these circumstances presented you with an opportunity to take advantage of the complainant when she was in a most vulnerable situation and in no position whatsoever to resist you, as no doubt she would have done if she had been awake.”
Det Chf Insp Gail Lawrie, of Operation Topaz, West Yorkshire Police’s dedicated rape investigation unit, said after sentencing: “His behaviour has had a devastating impact on the victim and we hope she will be able to take some comfort from the fact he has now had to face the consequences of his actions.”
Jaques’ victim said in a statement: “What has happened is still affecting my life but I’m trying to move on and am just taking it day by day.
“I’m grateful for all the support I have received from the police and other agencies.”