Sudbury man convicted of sexually assaulting sleeping woman

Ipswich Crown Court ANL-140617-141524001
Ipswich Crown Court ANL-140617-141524001

A man from Sudbury has been convicted of sexually assaulting a woman who had fallen asleep after taking strong painkillers.

On Friday, Brendan Wren, 31, was also found guilty at Ipswich Crown Court of causing a person to engage in sexual activity.

The jury cleared Wren of charges of rape and assault by penetration. He had pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

During the trial the court heard evidence from the alleged victim who said she had fallen asleep after taking strong painkillers and woke to find Wren pulling down her trousers and touching her breast.

The woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, said she had attempted to stop Wren but had fallen asleep again as a result of the medication she had taken.

Giving evidence, the woman said that when she awoke for a second time it was to find Wren having sex with her. She had been unable to stop him because she was feeling weak from the painkillers.

Wren told the jury that he was innocent of all the charges. He said that because he had been considering being a minister as a career, it would have been “inappropriate” for him to have had sex with the woman.

After the jury return the two guilty verdicts, Judge John Devaux told Wren that he would have to return to court in early January to be sentenced once a pre sentence report had been compiled by the Probation Service.

Wren was ordered to sign the sexual offences register.