A MAN who suffers from sexsomnia – having sex while completely asleep – has been cleared of raping a 16-year-old.
A trial jury heard that Stephen Lee Davies, 43, had no recollection of any encounter with the teenage student as he was asleep.
The girl had been staying at Mr Davies’s home in Swansea when she became ill and was told to share his bed because his room was cooler.
She said she awoke in the night to find him having intercourse with her.
Mr Davies’s former wife, Angela, told the jury at Swansea Crown Court, that he would often become aroused in the middle of the night.
She said: “Sometimes his eyes were open but there was no one at home.”
Another former partner said she could have entire conversations with him, as well as full sexual intercourse, without him waking up.
Prosecutor Jim Davis said Davies was not suffering from sexsomnia at the time because he called the teenager a "horny bitch" and even spoke her name.
And he said that after intercourse he had gone downstairs, boiled a kettle and returned to bed where he groped her boobs for a second time.
But sleep expert Dr Chris Idzikowski, director of the Edinburgh Sleep Centre and founder of the British Sleep Society, said Davies showed all the signs of suffering from sexsomnia.
He told the court the condition affects about four per cent of adults and added: “A lot of people don't report sexsomnia but we are recognising it more and more.
“It affects mainly men who are deep sleepers. It can involve almost any sort of sexual activity and could go on for 20 or 30 minutes.
“It is extremely unlikely they will have any memory because amnesia is associated with the condition. Less than one per cent might remember something. It tends to affect middle aged and older men.
“Sexsomnia is instinctive behaviour, they are not conscious at the time.”