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Man jailed for sleeping woman rape in Edinburgh

A man who raped a sleeping woman after she went to bed in a spare room has been jailed for five years.

Afolabi Awodiya, 34, attacked the woman in an Edinburgh flat following a night out she had with a friend.

The Nigerian father-of-two had previously denied carrying out the rape on the woman while she was asleep and incapable of consent.

However, a jury at the High Court in Edinburgh convicted him of carrying out the sex attack on the 20-year-old.

Lord Uist said: "This disgraceful conduct on your part has had a very adverse effect on her mental and emotional well-being," he said.

Lord Uist told Awodiya: "You have shown absolutely no remorse or regret."

The judge said he took into account the rapist had no previous convictions.

DNA matching that of the woman was found on Awodiya after swabs were taken and the victim was discovered to have a fresh injury.

The court heard Awodiya knew the woman was due to be staying overnight at his former flat in Hawkhill Close on 17 February last year.

As soon as the woman realised Awodiya was assaulting her she immediately got out of the bed. The woman later left the flat.

Advocate depute Jane Farquharson told jurors that Awodiya appeared to have been "overcome by sexual lust" and was perhaps emboldened by drink .

The prosecutor told the court the woman "had never shown the slightest bit of romantic interest in the accused".

Lord Uist told the rapist that he would be placed on the sex offenders' register indefinitely.

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