Sheffield news Woman 'destroyed' after waking up to find man touching her PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - The woman was awoken to Matthew Smith touching her and taking intimate photos of her.

Sheffield news Woman 'destroyed' after waking up to find man touching her PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - The woman was awoken to Matthew Smith touching her and taking intimate photos of her.

Sheffield news Woman 'destroyed' after waking up to find man touching her PremierLeague-News.Com
03 August 2022 - 19:15

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A woman has been left "destroyed" after waking up in her home to find a man sexually assaulting her. The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, woke in horror to find Matthew Smith, 46, touching her and taking intimate photos of her. The woman has now been left "a shadow of her former self" and said that Smith's actions have "destroyed" her and her mental health. She even suffers flashbacks of the horrific ordeal, that happened on September 5, 2021. Hull Crown Court heard that Smith, 46, of Wray Close, Beverley, had gone to the woman's house just after midnight on the day of the attack. The two had listened to music and chatted over a drink, but she went to bed at 3am after complaining of breathing problems. Read more: International manhunt for man wanted over Sheffield murder of Kavan Brissett The court heard that Smith had told the woman he wanted to make sure that she was okay, so helped her to bed and told her to take deep breaths as she lay down. The woman then fell asleep, but woke to find Smith touching her intimately and taking revealing photos of her, HullLive reports. The woman shouted at Smith and demanded to know what he was doing, she also told him to delete the photos. Hull Crown Court heard that Smith then apologised and left the woman's house. But the incident has left the woman so severely shaken, that she is sometimes unable to leave her own home. She also suffers flashbacks of the attack and said in a statement that she is "constantly on edge and jumpy". Smith admitted sexually assaulting the woman and told the court that alcohol had been the "cause of this offence". He said: "I fully accept the behaviour that's described and have done from the initial police interview. I can only say how horrified I to find myself in this position. I hope she will be able to move on from what's happened. I have taken steps to deal with my alcohol consumption, which I feel was the cause of this offence." The court heard that alcohol had "sadly" become a crutch for Smith during the Covid-19 lockdown. And Recorder Gavin Doig said that it was clear alcohol had played a significant part in this offence. Smith said that he would assure the court that he would not be finding himself appearing in court again and committed to getting help. He had no previous convictions and there were eight character references provided to the court from friends, colleagues and family members.

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." In her victim impact statement, the woman said that the attack continued to affect her, not just mentally but physically. She is unable to sleep without the assistance of diazepam and said that she "no longer recognises" herself. She said that she feels "dirty", suffers from "dark thoughts" and does not want to be alone around men anymore. The woman added: "After the assault, I began to really struggle with my mental health. I can't look at my body without feeling sickened. The flashbacks of when I woke that night are horrendous. It has heightened my anxiety. I have to make sure that all the doors and windows are closed at all times." Sentencing Smith, Recorder Doig said: "The defendant took advantage of her vulnerability. The following morning, he sent messages to her, apologising for his behaviour. It's quite clear that this offence has had a very significant effect upon her and it continues to do so. "It's quite clear that she is still suffering on a daily basis as a result of what the defendant did to her. He has described how appalled he is. Alcohol clearly played a role in this appalling piece of behaviour. "There was targeting of a particularly vulnerable woman in her own home, where she should have been entitled to feel safe. This was an isolated incident unlikely to recur." Smith was given a two-year suspended prison sentence, 20 days of rehabilitation and a programme to help him change his ways. The prison sentence was suspended for two years. Recorder Doig said: "I am giving you an opportunity to prove yourself over the next two years." Read more: Tragedy as 'amazing' Rotherham radio station manager dies Cruel brothers let dogs starve in 'awful' faeces, urine and rubbish-filled Harrogate flat Thug hid huge cannabis plant farm inside old Rotherham jewellers Incredible love for Keita Mullen as £42,000 raised for three kids facing life without 'beautiful' Doncaster mum Tragedy as man, 23, dies in car crash and driver seriously hurt Read More Related Articles Watch moment police crash cars into 'nuisance' bikers wanted for 'terrorising' residents Read More Related Articles Father's agonising words to masked knifemen who hunted down and slayed his son with a machete

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