Man sexually assaulted school friend as she slept after she let him stay over

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A man who sexually assaulted an old school friend while she was asleep has been jailed.

Lee Colin Drury, 33, was drunk when he ‘violated’ his sleeping victim who was an old school friend, a court heard.

Drury had gone to school with the woman and met up for a couple of drinks with a few friends on the night of the sexual assault.

York Crown Court heard how she had allowed him to sleep at her house but she was later awoken in the middle of the night to find Drury kissing her and sexually assaulting her.

Drury’s sexual assault had caused his victim to self-harm just a few days later, the court heard.

Judge Sean Morris told the court Drury’s actions were ‘unforgivable’.

He said: “In drink, considerably in drink, you let your feelings run away with yourself.

“You violated that woman while she was asleep. It is unforgivable.”

Prosecutor Nicola Quinney said: “She hates the defendant for what he has done and never wants to see him again.”

Ms Quinney said Drury and the woman had been to the same school but had lost touch with each other until a few months before the offence.

The woman had allowed Drury to sleep at her home after both had spent the evening socialising and drinking with a friend.

But at 3am or 4am she woke to find Drury kissing her and sexually assaulting her.

She pushed him off and told him to leave.

Ms Quinney added: “He was crying and saying he was sorry.”

But he didn’t leave the house until she challenged him again in the morning.

Mitigating, Andrew Semple said Drury had committed the offence because he had been disinhibited by the amount of alcohol he had drunk.

He had been so drunk after the evening out, he was falling over, the court heard.

Mr Semple handed in references for Drury, including from his employer and an elderly man he had helped during the lockdown.

The court was told how Drury had low self-esteem and used alcohol as a crutch and at the time had been binge drinking.

He had no previous sex convictions.

Drury, of Acomb, near York, North Yorks., pleaded guilty to sexual assault.

He was jailed for eight months, put on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years and made subject to a restraining order for five years.