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Sleeping Swede who raped woman after drunken night in cabin claims he's not guilty because he's got 'sexsomnia'


Defence: The 27-year-old man accused rape, told investigators he suffered from sexsomnia - a condition in which a person commits sexual acts when sleeping
A man accused of raping a sleeping woman has claimed he has sexsomnia- a condition in which a person commits sexual acts when asleep.
The 27-year-old man from northern Sweden told investigators he was innocent as he was asleep at the time of the alleged rape.
The incident took place in June last summer in the village of Vilhelmina.

The woman who accused him of rape, had passed out in a cabin following a night of heavy drinking.
It was then the man began having sexual intercourse with her, according to the indictment, which was filed yesterday in the Lycksele District Court.
The woman who accused him of rape, had passed out in a cabin following a night of heavy drinking.
The woman who accused him of rape, had passed out in a cabin following a night of heavy drinking 
Prosecutors charged the man with rape, because the woman was judged to be in a helpless state at the time of the incident. 
But the man has denied it was an intentional act and has proclaimed his innocence saying he was asleep and unaware. 
'I was awakened by her pushing me away and asking, 'Are you awake?',' the man said under questioning, according to a Swedish newspaper.
The accused man claimed it was not the first time he had woken up to find he had engaged in sexual intercourse without his knowledge.
He cited an ex-girlfriend who he said would tell him when he woke up in the morning that he had intercourse with her in his sleep.
In response to the rape allegations, he defended his actions saying that he suffers from somnambulism and sexsomnia.
Sexsomnia was first identified as a condition in the Nineties and brought to public attention in the 2003 issue of The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry where it was classed as a parasomnia, which refers to any unwanted behaviour — such as sleepwalking, talking, teeth-grinding, even getting up and vacuuming — while the sufferer is asleep.
According to Matthew Walker, professor of neurology at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London, an act of sexsomnia is most likely to occur in the first few hours of the night, during the so-called ‘deep sleep’ state.
‘Just as children often experience night terrors and confusional arousals, so do adults,’ says Professor Walker. ‘Only adults might get sexually stimulated by a dream or turned on by the mere touch of a partner in bed.
'It's different than having a sexual dream. It's full-fledged sexual behavior while asleep,' he said. 
There are reports an expert on sleep disorders is scheduled to testify at the 27-year-old's trial. -dailymail



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