A man has been sentenced to five years behind bars after being found guilty of raping a woman while she was asleep.
Jay Wilkins, 27, of Horsham Road, Dorking, was sentenced today (11 November), following a trial at Guildford Crown Court.
The offence occurred in the early hours on 20 June 2018 at an address in Leatherhead. The female victim was 23 years old at the time of the offence.
The court heard how the victim had fallen asleep and woken up to find with her underwear and leggings pulled down, and Wilkins raping her with his hand around her throat.
She left the address shortly afterwards and reported the incident to police. Wilkins was arrested later that morning before being released under investigation.
On 28 July 2018 Wilkins was arrested by the Metropolitan Police for public order, racially aggravated public order and assaulting a police officer. He pleaded guilty to these offences and was given a 12-week suspended sentence for 12 months.
During his arrest and while being detained, Wilkins made numerous significant comments naming the victim and saying he had raped her.
However, during a further interview with Wilkins in December 2018, he denied any knowledge of the comments made in custody, said he was under the influence of alcohol and class A drugs at the time, and that he had not had sex with the victim.
Detective Inspector Paddy Mayers, who led the investigation into the case, said: “Firstly I would like to acknowledge the courage shown by the victim in coming forward and giving evidence in court. She has been through a truly horrific ordeal and I hope that the fact that Wilkins is now in prison will help her to come to terms with what has happened and now be able to leave this terrible ordeal behind her. I really appreciate the fact that the jury was able to see through Wilkins' lies.
“The sentence given today was the result of months of hard work by a team of determined and tenacious officers who refused to give up until the offender was brought to justice.
“I hope that this sends a clear message to those who offend against women that their actions could end up with them being imprisoned. And a message to any victim of sexual assault – your allegations will be taken seriously and will be thoroughly investigated. You will also be provided with specialist support.”