Court: Barking nightclub host, 30, who sexually assaulted sleeping woman is jailed
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A nightclub MC who sexually assaulted a young mum in her sleep while her toddler slept in the same room has been jailed for four years.
Adebayo Bamgbose, 30, of Roxwell Road, Barking, struck after the woman put him up at her home after a night out.
She awoke to find her underwear had been removed.
Jonathon Wright, prosecuting, told Snaresbrook Crown Court on Wednesday: “The fact is she was vulnerable at the time.”
Bamgbose claimed the touching had been consensual.
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He said the victim had drunk half a bottle of bourbon on returning home and offered her guests cannabis.
Bamgbose, who worked as a nightclub host in Woolwich, denied assault by penetration but was convicted after trial.
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The victim said the attack had left her feeling anxious and added she finds it hard to form new relationships.
Olajumoke Hughes, for Bamgbose, said: “This was an opportunistic or spontaneous offence. This wasn’t a relationship that had been ongoing.
“They knew each other, but [were] just acquaintances.”
She conceded the victim had a right to feel safe in her own home, but criticised her impact statement.
“She said it’s impacted her ability to form friendships with others or new relationships,” she said. “That, in my submission, is a stretch too far.”
Jailing Bamgbose for four years, Judge David Radford said he believed the victim had been unaware of what was happening to her.
“The suggestion she smoked or offered you cannabis [was an attempt] to blacken her character,” he added.
“I’ve considered the effect of the offence on your victim and she said the effect has been a feeling of a breach of trust.
“She was also understandably worried about what would have happened if her daughter had woken up.”