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Gay man crept into pal's bed and sexually assaulted him as he lay sleeping with his WIFE

Mirror logo Mirror 6/04/2016 By Sam Webb
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A gay man carried out a drunken sexual assault on a man as the victim was sleeping in bed - with his wife.

Edward Jupp told a court he was so drunk he has no idea how he ended up in bed with the sleeping couple.

All three had all been at a booze-fuelled party where Jupp was flirting with both men and women, Exeter Crown Court was told.

Prosecutor Pushpanjali Gohil said the married couple went to bed alone but she said at some point the victim felt someone was "playing" with his privates.

He turned over but again felt someone touching his genitals before he felt a "pain" in his backside.

But he did not realise he had been assaulted until he felt the discomfort hours later.

The court heard he woke in the morning and discovered his wife's best friend - Jupp - had sexually assaulted him during the night.

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Miss Gohil said: "Jupp is in fact gay, the complainant is not. The victim is mortified by what has happened."

She said the victim felt "extremely embarrassed" by the incident in May last year and said Jupp was "extremely candid throughout over what happened".

The victim said the offence has had a "devastating impact on his life" and he is suffering with post traumatic stress and on medication.

In police interview Jupp admitted he was "very, very drunk himself".

The judge, Recorder Ignatius Hughes QC, said:"He cannot remember how he got into the room where these two people were sleeping. He cannot recall any sexual activity but admits the victim is telling the truth.

"Neither party has a clear recollection because of drink."

William Parkhill, defending, said Jupp "has no memory" adding:"Something happened, exactly what, he will never know."

Jupp, 23, of Crediton, Devon, admitted assault by penetration.

The judge said:"You were in a flirtatious mood, flirting with both men and women and having good fun.

"You were in a flirty frame of mind and extremely drunk. It so happens you are gay."

He said his brave decision to plead guilty saved the victim from the "embarrassment and trauma" of giving evidence in a trial.

He jailed Jupp for nine months, suspended for two years, and placed him on the Sex Offenders' register for ten years.

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