A ‘truly despicable’ man has been jailed for almost seven years for raping his sister and attempting to molest his mother.
Gloucester Crown Court heard the man, 33, and his extended family had earlier been on a night out together when the rape took place in May 2017.
The man admitted that he was high on cocaine and alcohol at the time of the attack.
His mother later revealed that he had assaulted her years earlier, during 2010, but she had not reported it.
He admitted having sex with his sister on a sofa at home but claimed she consented to it, which was rejected by the jury.
The man told the jury that he had sex with his sister because it was exciting to do something ‘taboo.’
The ‘despicable’ man’s case was heard at Gloucester Crown Court. He cannot be named for legal reasons
His sister, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said: ‘I feel my brother should get the maximum sentence possible.
‘I want him to understand that he has broken up our family and I don’t think it will ever be the same again.
‘As a result of this incident I felt I had to move from my home and my extended family and close friends. My relationship with my other siblings has also been affected. I think they are troubled by my decision to go to the police.
‘The relationship with my mother has also been up and down.’
The man’s mother said in a statement: ‘Despite what has happened, I believe my son has lost something of himself.
‘He’d been taking drugs at the time of the incident. Before his involvement with recreational drugs, he had always been kind and caring and a joy to be with.
‘He was a valued member of our large family. We are now about to lose him for a number of years when he is imprisoned.
‘Yes he needs help for his problems, but not a day goes by without me thinking about what I’ve lost. I am hopeful he will change and we can become a normal family again. We can move forward.’
Before passing sentence, Recorder Richard Shepherd said that publicly naming the defendant or the victims was prohibited by reporting restrictions which apply to the case.
The judge said to the man: ‘Obviously the jury disagreed with your intentions in that your assertion that your sister was anyway consenting, this suggestion was frankly ridiculous. She was asleep on the sofa.
‘Your actions have had a devastating effect by effectively blowing your family apart. Your sister should have felt safe.
‘It seems that when you mix drugs and alcohol together you have a heightened arousal towards family members.
‘You yourself may have been a victim of sexual abuse in your formative years but that is no excuse for what you did.’
After sentencing the man to a jail term totalling six years and ten months and ordering him to be subject to the requirements of the sex offenders’ register indefinitely and a restraining order, Record Shepherd told the man: ‘You have committed a truly despicable crime.
‘That crime had not only smashed your sister’s confidence, smashed your family’s cohesion, it has also smashed your own life.
‘It is something that your sister will never forgive you for.’