April 2019

Slough man who raped sleepwalking teenager at her home in Burnham jailed for five years

A man who raped a teenager while she was sleepwalking has been jailed for five years.

Jordan Adewale, of The Greenway, Slough, raped a 19-year-old woman in the kitchen of her house in Burnham while she was sleepwalking after she interrupted him having sex with a friend of theirs by sleepwalking into the room in the early morning.

The 23-year-old defendant flew into a “fit of pique” when the girl he had been having sex with told him she no longer wanted to continue, having been interrupted, and he left the room completely naked and spotted his sleepwalking victim, who he then raped on the kitchen floor, a judge heard.

When police arrived at the property, Adewale had pretended to be asleep and have no knowledge of the incident but, as he was arrested on suspicion of rape, he assaulted a police officer.

Judge Edward Burgess, QC, told Adewale today (Friday): “Although there was some sexual spark between you and the victim at the start of 2017, there was no longer any sexual attraction on her part towards you by the time of this incident.

“You, however, clearly had a powerful sex drive. You were making sexual comments about both this victim and another young woman earlier that night.”

The judge heard how Adewale had earlier had consensual sex with the other young woman, which his victim had interrupted by sleepwalking into their room.

Judge Burgess said: “No doubt you were deeply frustrated by the victim’s sleepwalking into the room. After you had got her out of the room, you tried to resume sexual activity.

“When you realised this would not happen, you left the room stark naked and in a fit of pique.”

It was not known whether Adewale had led the rape victim into the kitchen or followed her as she unconsciously walked but when the victim woke up, the first thing she saw was that Adewale was raping her.

The judge said: “She woke up in the dark, on the floor, her head against the radiator, you on top of her, raping her.

“She was shocked, terrified and furious. She pushed you off, screamed and shouted at you and then headed upstairs where she made an immediate complaint to her housemates.

“She came downstairs armed with her pocket knife, venting her anger and distress at you directly, conscious of what you had just done to her.

“I am in no doubt that you were pretending, in the immediate aftermath of what happened, to be asleep. When you pretended to wake up, you claimed to be dazed and confused, professing quite falsely in my judgement you had no idea what was going on.

“In reality you knew full well what you had done.”

The judge revealed that it had been suggested, when Adewale was confronted with substantial forensic evidence showing he had had sexual activity with the victim, that she may have performed oral sex on him or put his penis inside her while he was asleep.

Judge Burgess said: “These suggestions were, frankly, incredible and the jury plainly regarded them in the same way.”

Adewale was arrested at the scene but denied the offence. The court heard he had attacked a police officer during the arrest, for which he was later convicted.

On July 24, 2018, he was charged with one count of rape which he denied, but he was convicted by a majority jury verdict following a five-day trial at Reading Crown Court.

Adewale, dressed in a black leather jacket and blue tee-shirt, had hugged his family and friends goodbye before he entered the dock in court, carrying a travel bag to take with him to jail.

He had sat without expression as he listened to the judge give him his immediate custodial sentence.

Sentencing, Judge Burgess said: “What is absolutely clear is that you took advantage of this victim while she was unconscious. It would have been perfectly obvious to any reasonable person that she was in a state of sleepwalking and therefore incapable of making a choice.

“You were aware of her history of sleepwalking, but you were not interested in her. You were only interested in achieving your own selfish sexual gratification in your drunken state.”

Adewale was sentenced to five years in jail and told he would be subject to notification requirements for life after he signed onto the sex offenders’ register.