Cleethorpes man admits sex attack at New Year's Eve party
A SUPERMARKET delivery driver was placed on the Sex Offenders' Register for five years after admitting a sexual assault on a woman at a New Year's Eve party.
DNA evidence taken from Mark Rayton's fingernail proved he committed the sexual assault on the female partygoer.
Rayton, 44, of Queen's Parade, Cleethorpes, was sentenced to a three-year community order which will include a sex offenders' treatment programme.
Grimsby Crown Court heard how the woman had to be assisted to an upstairs bedroom because of the amount of alcohol she had consumed at the Hogmanay party in Cleethorpes.
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Prosecuting, Phillip Evans said Rayton had met the woman only once before the party celebration.
He said: "A great deal of alcohol had been consumed at the party, which was a success."
Towards the end of the party the woman had begun vomiting into the sink in the kitchen and she had to be assisted to an upstairs bedroom by her boyfriend and Rayton.
The woman was laid down fully clothed in bed while her boyfriend went to the bathroom.
She screamed as she was assaulted by Rayton.
When the boyfriend returned he saw his girlfriend laid in bed with her tights and knickers pulled down.
Rayton initially denied he had touched the woman, but police officers attended and Rayton was arrested.
Mr Evans said DNA evidence was collected from his right hand and found Rayton had sexually assaulted the woman.
The woman said in a victim impact statement that the attack had changed her life completely.
Mr Evans said: "She feels scared when meeting other men she does not know."
She said she suffered from nightmares and feels tired and emotionally-drained each day.
For Rayton, Ernie Lidster said his client had consumed a large amount of alcohol and that the offence was an "impulsive act over a very brief period of time".
He added that his client was remorseful and that his ex-wife, who is mother to their three children, had been diagnosed with cancer.
Her new husband had recently died, the defence solicitor said.
Judge David Tremberg told Rayton it was "an unprecedented act of drunken folly".
He added the defendant had been left in trust to look after her when she was vulnerable due to self-induced intoxication.
He sentenced Rayton to the community order and said he will be on the Sex Offenders' Register for five years.
He will also be subject to a curfew for eight weeks between 6.30am and 10.30pm. He was also ordered to pay costs of £300.