LAWFUEL – The Legal Newswire – A British RAF mechanic who claimed he was sleepwalking when he had sex with a 15-year-old girl has been cleared of rape.
The Daily Mail reports that Senior Aircraftsman Kenneth Ecott, 26, wept after a jury took two hours to find he was not responsible for his actions. Mr Ecott did not deny having sex with the girl, but said he had no memory of it happening.
Instead he insisted he had a condition known as sexsomnia in which sufferers carry out indecent acts in their sleep.
It was this affliction that made him climb naked on top of the girl at a friend’s birthday party sleepover in Poole, Dorset, the Bournemouth Crown Court heard.
The girl screamed when she awoke.
Mr Ecott was said to have confessed to the girl’s family and apologised for having sex with her.
But when he was arrested in his barracks at RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, he told police he was prone to sleepwalking.
He claimed to have been in a state of automatism while with the girl, meaning he was not aware of his actions.