Vic man jailed for raping sleeping friend

A Victorian man has been jailed for raping his sleeping friend at her home while her parents were upstairs.

The delivery driver, 28, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was jailed on Friday for five years after pleading guilty to one count of raping the woman, who was aged 20 at the time.

The County Court heard the pair were close friends and sleeping in the same bed when the woman woke to find the accused man penetrating her in June 2016.

The pair had known each other about six years and often stayed at each other's houses, slept in the same bed and shared personal matters in an understanding their relationship was not intimate or sexual.

On the night of the assault, the pair met by chance at a nightclub and the man was drunk.

The woman, who had also been drinking, offered him some support for personal stress he was undergoing and invited him to stay at her home.

The pair arrived just before 4am while her parents slept upstairs and they watched a DVD.

Some time later, the victim woke to find him penetrating her.

She shouted at him to stop and punched him in the face, then texted a friend for help.

The matter was reported to police and the accused told them the act was consensual.

The judge acknowledged the woman's life was severely disrupted by the crime and it had a "deeply harmful and traumatic effect" on her.

He described the offending as at the lower end of the scale for rape and said the case deserved mercy, given the man's previous good character, early plea and remorse.

The judge said the accused man had shown resilience despite a childhood of neglect and abuse and he did not believe he would reoffend.

He must spend at least two years and four months in jail before being eligible for parole.

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