A Royal Navy sailor who raped his sleeping colleague after a barbecue has been jailed for seven years.
Talented seaman Troy Glasgow took an ‘opportunistic advantage’ over the sailor, who was woken up in ‘excruciating pain’ in the night and forced to defend himself against his attacker.
A court martial heard the 31-year-old ‘completely destroyed’ the life of his victim, who has since been medically discharged from the Navy due to mental health issues.
The pair lived in the same accommodation block and returned together after a night of drinking at a Navy barbecue while stationed overseas.
When they arrived home around 10:30 p.m., the victim invited Glasgow, who is an engineering technician, back to his room to continue drinking.
After drinking vodka and listening to music, the victim had a video call with a woman he was “getting to know” while Glasgow was still in the room.
Later, while the sailor was still on the phone, Glasgow fell asleep on the bed.
After falling asleep himself, the sailor, who is heterosexual, woke up in the early morning with horrible pains.
When he realized what was happening, the sailor reacted in “pure rage”, punching a bottle of vodka in Glasgow and pulling out a knife before his teammates restrained him, the court heard.
The sailor then jumped off a nearby pier into the sea because he “felt dirty”.
In a victim impact statement read in court, he said: “This incident has seriously affected my mental health and has caused mental health issues as a direct result of the incident.”
“I feel like I’ve been stuck in a nightmare.”
The court heard the victim now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, takes antidepressants daily and suffers from panic attacks.
He also avoids seeing his parents and daughter because he feels he has “let them down”.
He continued, “Without my meds, I can’t sleep. I wake up at night visibly shaking and start crying for no reason.
“I used to be confident and outgoing, now I’m withdrawn and avoid social interaction as much as possible.”
Judge Advocate Alistair McGrigor told Glasgow his victim “was in a coma and was unable to consent or resist”.
“It is certain that your actions have had a devastating effect on [the victim’s] mental health,” he said.
“You can no longer stay in the navy and you must be fired. We regard your conduct as shameful.
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