Dad-of-two raped sleeping woman whilst high on cocaine and alcohol

An NHS worker who raped a sleeping woman in a drug and alcohol fuelled attack has been sentenced to four and a half years in jail. 

Tariq Assayed was told by a judge that he had abused the victim for his own sexual gratification, according to Wales Online. 

The dad-of-two claimed it was consensual and denied raping the woman, however following a trial at Cardiff Crown Court, he was found guilty.

The court was told about the incident which tool place in January 2019 after both Assayed and his victim spent the night drinking and taking cocaine. 

When the woman fell asleep, the defendant took offer her trousers before sexually assaulting and raping her. 

The matter was reported to police and in his subsequent interview Assayed, who was a senior support and business analyst with NHS Wales, denied the allegation.

Assayed, aged 32, of Heol Finch, Barry, had previously been convicted of rape and sexual assault by penetration when he appeared in the dock for sentencing. The victim of the attack has lifelong legal anonymity. 

Marian Lewis, for Assayed, said due to the nature of the defendant’s father’s work he had largely grown up abroad – first in Saudi Arabia and then in Kuwait.

She said it wasn’t until his teenager years that Assayed returned to the UK and he found it “difficult to adjust” to his new life and began “mixing with the wrong crowd”.

But the barrister said despite that start he went on complete a Higher National Diploma course and then secured “good, stable employment” with the NHS which he found “stimulating and challenging”.

She said the arrest and conviction had had a “devastating effect” on the defendant and had resulted in him losing his career and his relationship with his partner.

Recorder IWL Jones said on the night in question both the defendant and his victim had been taking cocaine and drinking alcohol.

He said Assayed then took advantage of her while she was asleep and in no position to consent to what was happening for his own “sexual gratification”.

He said he had read several references written on behalf of the defendant and it was clear people thought a great deal of him.

But he noted that despite having a good job and being the father of two daughters the defendant had been out taking cocaine and alcohol on the night in question and was planning to go to work the day after.

The recorder said it was also concerning Assayed had a problem with gambling and he described his behaviour as “extremely irresponsible”.

Assayed was sentenced to four and a half years for the rape and two years for the sexual assault to run concurrently.

He will serve up to half that period in custody before being released on licence to serve the remainder in the community.

Assayed will be on the sex offenders’ register for the rest of his life.