Mum wakes up to find 14-year-old son raping her
A mother woke up screaming in the middle of the night to find her own son raping her.
The woman initially thought it was a nightmare, but suddenly grasped the “enormity of the situation” as she realised her 14-year-old son was raping her.
A UK court heard that the boy is on medication and had had been having behavioural problems in the weeks before the attack.
“The allegation in this case is that the defendant raped his mother while she was asleep. The factual basis of this case is that he was in his mother's bed,” said prosecutor Francis McEntee.
"The issue is not any assertion of consent, or belief of consent. It is the prosecution's assertion there was penetration and the defendant's denial of that allegation.
“The defendant's account is that his bed was uncomfortable, there was damage to the bottom sheet, so he had gone in and lain in bed with his mother”, Mr McEntee continued.
He told the jury: "You will hear his acknowledgement that his mother was naked, bar the brief underwear and you will hear his admission that she lay on her side and he was lying with his arm around her.
"The prosecution would invite you to say he was hoping to seek to try and provide an innocent explanation for his presence in the bed. Whether driven by drink or some other issue, perhaps because he had had drink, he climbed into bed with his mother".
A police interview with the mother was played in court while the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, chose to leave the courtroom while the interview was played.
"I just know when I opened my eyes he was there. I don't even know what I said. He scuttled out of the room and didn't say anything,” said the traumatized mother.
"I just sat there holding my covers, screaming and thinking 'what the hell's just gone on?'
"All sorts was going through my head. Is he just sleepwalking?
"Does he know what he is doing? Is he aware? Now I am actually thinking what state is he in? Does he know what he has done?"
The woman told officers that her son had issued for quite some time and that the previous 18 months had been an “absolute nightmare”.
“He's really aggressive towards me, throws things and hits me with things like slippers and cushions. Only two days ago I got cut. This is me trying to ground him and instil some punishment for the way he has been,” she said.
“I am concerned for my son, more concerned about what would happen to him," she said at the end of the interview.
The trial continues.