Vic man jailed for raping sleeping friend

Georgie Moore

A man who raped his sleeping friend after a night out in Melbourne will spend at least 18 months behind bars.

Jonathon Hubbard's friend woke to him raping her after the pair partied at Prahran's Electric Ladyland club in May 2017.

The distressed woman pushed him off and told him she felt violated. Hubbard then cried.

The rapist's mother sobbed in the County Court of Victoria on Monday as her son was jailed for four years.

The 32-year-old was found guilty of rape by a jury and must serve 18 months of his sentence before being eligible for release on parole.

Judge Claire Quin said Hubbard committed an impulsive and opportunistic crime against a sleeping woman.

"She was your friend and you breached her trust," the judge said.

Hubbard raped his victim after partying and snorting cocaine at the club owned by his employer, the La La Bar Group.

A group of people then went back to Hubbard's place, where the woman went to sleep.

She awoke to her friend digitally penetrating her.

The woman says the attack has left her with post-traumatic stress disorder, constantly on the edge, and struggling to work or trust others.

Hubbard's friends and family have continued to support the convicted rapist, describing him as kind and friendly.

His employer praised his intelligence and work ethic.

Hubbard had aspired to open his own business, but the rape conviction means he's ineligible for the required licences.

"You've been embarrassed and your reputation has been affected," Judge Quin said.