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‘Sexsomnia is no grope’, accused man tells court

A man charged with groping a woman yesterday told a jury that he was a sufferer of a rare medical condition called ‘sexsomnia’.

Darren Greenwood, 33, a window fitter from Essex, claimed he must have been asleep when he groped the woman, as he couldn’t remember doing it.

He’d only just met the 21-year-old woman, who was part of a group that went to his home after a night out. When she awoke the next morning, she found the sexsomniac committing a sexual act on her.

Prosecutor Richard Potts told Chelmsford Crown Court that since the woman was asleep, she could not have consented. But a medical witness, Professor Matthew Walker, backed up the accused’s bizarre claim: ‘It was a good example of sexsomnia - no knowledge or control of his actions. It fulfils the criteria completely. It mostly occurs between partners and with a person in bed.’

In bed? Really? Perhaps he thought he was fitting a window at the time too. The trial continues.

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