Wedding guest sex attack at Reedley hotel

Burnley Crown Court.
Burnley Crown Court.

A wedding guest fuelled by alcohol and cocaine sexually assaulted a woman after going into her room and getting into bed at the Oaks Hotel, Reedley.

Burnley Crown Court was told David Rawson could remember nothing about the night, but when the woman and her husband confronted him the following morning he hit out at them. When he calmed down he broke down and cried.

Former serviceman Rawson knew both the woman and her husband very well, and was at the wedding with them. It had been agreed that the women in the party would sleep in one room and the men in another.

He pleaded guilty to the assaults and was given a 14 month jail sentence, suspended for two years, with 12 months of drug and alcohol counselling.

Mr Mark Lamberty, defending, said Rawson, of South Park Road, Bury, had been at a very low point in his life when he went to the wedding. His career with the Forces had ended because of an injury, he had fallen out with his girlfriend and only a week earlier he had tried to take his own life.

He was truly sorry and hoping to mend the rift in their friendship.