Pervers, 44, jailed for four years after sexually assaulting unconscious woman in hostel

Pervert, 44, who was caught on CCTV sexually assaulting an unconscious woman in a hostel room is jailed for four years

  • Andrew Price, 44, sexually abused an unconscious woman in a Cardiff hostel
  • Price took advantage of her as she lay unresponsive in the common area
  • Unbeknownst to Price, he was caught on CCTV committing the sexual assault
  • At Cardiff Crown Court he was sentenced to a total of four years in prison

A man was caught on CCTV sexually assaulting a woman in a hostel after he locked the door and took advantage of her unconscious state,

Andrew Price, 44, abused his victim in the communal lounge of the Cardiff hostel.

Two witnesses who saw the woman before the attack described her as “drunk” and “tired”.

The accused arrived and sat down on a sofa and drank. Shortly after, he moved to the couch the victim was sitting on and pushed him against her.

Prosecutor Tim Evans told a sentencing hearing at Cardiff Crown Court on March 25 that the victim was “barely moving” and was either asleep or unconscious. At that point Price started touching her but there was still no response.

Both witnesses left the room at which point Price began his assault.

Andrew Price, 44, abused his victim in the communal lounge of the Cardiff hostel

Mr Evans said: ‘Clearly she is completely unresponsive.’

CCTV footage later showed Price getting up, closing the door and locking it. He then tried to turn off the television, sat up again and patted the victim on the face to see if he was awake before continuing the attack.

At one point during the attack, the victim changed position and turned around quickly before falling back into a state of unconsciousness.

When the victim woke up later, she tried to leave the room and found it was locked, before the accused opened it for her.

Mr Evans said: ‘She had no idea what had happened to her.

Price appeared at Cardiff Crown Court, where he was sentenced to four years in prison

Price appeared at Cardiff Crown Court, where he was sentenced to four years in prison

The following morning complaints were made about Price’s behavior by both witnesses and after CCTV footage was reviewed, police were called and the accused was arrested.

Price, who reportedly has a serious drinking problem, said he also did not remember the incident. The accused later pleaded guilty to sexual assault.

In a personal victim statement read out in court by Mr Evans, the victim said: ‘When I found out about this I was stunned. It’s disgusting, I can’t believe he did this to me. I’m glad he got arrested, so he can’t do this to someone else.

“Why did he do this to me in a living room on camera, thank God it was caught on camera. If it hadn’t been discovered, he could have done it to someone else.

Defense lawyer Susan Ferrier said her client was ‘completely ashamed’ that he had behaved the way he had and had no recollection of the offense due to his own poisoning.

Ms Ferrier said Price had been dependent on alcohol for years, which had hindered relationships and employment.

Price was sentenced to a total of four years in prison.

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