Haydon Davis Patton, 23, was jailed for four years for raping Jade Bailey Reeks, 21, while she was asleep
Jade Bailey Reeks, 21, realised she had been attacked by Haydon Davis Patton, 23, when she woke up from a deep sleep to find herself partially clothed in her home in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
At first the care assistant, who has waived her right to anonymity, was unsure whether the police would class the assault as rape because she’d been in the early stages of a relationship with Patton.
But a month later, after he deleted messages from her phone in which they had discussed the attack, she became certain he’d committed a crime.
Knowing she’d need hard evidence to get Patton convicted, she secretly recorded him on her mobile phone as he admitted what he had done.
Ms Reeks was unsure whether police would class the assault as rape because she had been dating Patton for a few weeks before the attack
In the recording Patton says: ‘I don’t know why I done it. I’ve got no explanation at all.’
When asked how long the assault lasted he said: ‘A minute, if that, it’s not like I went f****** all out f****** 20 minutes.’
Ms Reeks can be heard saying: ‘I don’t know if it’s okay that you did it in my sleep. I don’t know if it’s okay because we’re together. I don’t know, I really don’t know.’
Patton then says: ‘It’s not like I f****** tickled you.
‘What the f*** did you do then?’ Ms Reeks asks and Patton says: ‘You know what I did.’
Ms Reeks replies: ‘Well I don’t because I was sleeping.’
The pair were next door neighbours at the time of the attack in July 2017 and had been seeing each other for a few weeks.
It wasn’t until Patton deleted messages from Ms Reeks’s phone in which the pair discussed the rape that she decided to report him to the police.
She said: ‘The night he raped me I had been working as a carer and a hairdresser and I was feeling tired and poorly.
After Patton deleted messages from Ms Reeks’s phone in which the pair discussed the rape, she realised he had definitely committed a crime. She then recorded Patton confessing to the crime and saying: ‘I don’t know why I done it. I’ve got no explanation at all’
‘He said he was locked out and he asked to stay over.
‘I had a double bed. I slept as far away from him as possible. I slept in a nightie that went past my knees and I wore some boxer shorts.
‘We hadn’t slept together before and I told him to make it clear: “I don’t want to sleep with you”.’
‘When I woke up and my clothes were off I realised straight away he’d had sex with me while I’d been asleep.
‘I couldn’t believe anyone would do that. I was in shock.’
Ms Reeks recorded Patton on her mobile phone while she sat in the back of the car he was driving, before taking the evidence to a police station.
As a result he pleaded guilty to rape and was jailed at Newcastle Crown Court where Judge Edward Bindloss told him: ‘You betrayed her trust.’
As a result of Ms Reeks’s recording Patton was sentenced to four years in prison, made the sign the sex offenders register for life and was given a restraining order keeping him away from Ms Reeks for 10 years
Ms Reeks added: ‘Because it had been a while since the rape I knew I needed something strong to take to the police.
‘That’s why I decided to record him. I am so glad I did because it meant he had little choice but to plead guilty and I didn’t have to give evidence.
‘I wasn’t sure how serious it was at first but I went to work the day after and it was constantly preying on my mind. I was even googling it because I wasn’t sure.
‘After it had happened, he was talking to me, constantly trying to convince me it was alright.
‘He said it was normal, that it’s what guys do, that men do it all the time.
‘I now realise what he did was not OK at all. It was rape.’
As well as a four year jail term Patton was ordered to sign the sex offender register for life and was given a ten year restraining order to keep him away from the victim.
The judge told him: ‘She was vulnerable in two ways, her illness and the fact she wasn’t awake.
‘She was in her own bed, in her own house.
‘In my judgement your sense of entitlement and your refusal to consider her consent, her illness and the fact she was asleep led directly to this offence.’
The judge added: ‘When she realised what had happened there were text messages and in a recording on her phone in August 2017 you made partial admissions and you apologised to her.’
The court heard Davis Patton is a university graduate who provided references to his ordinarily positive character.
Judge Bindloss said Davis Patton was described as ‘polite, well mannered, reliable, caring and confident’ and accepted the attack was ‘out of character’.
Ms Reeks added: ‘I want to encourage other women who have experienced this to come forward.
‘No-one’s going to call you a liar.
‘I will never get over this and I think he should have been given a harsher sentence.
‘But despite that I feel like I have got my own justice, and also a sense of vindication.’