Our famous New Zealand comedian child molester, now convicted and sentenced to 22 months in jail tried to blame alcohol for not remembering what he did, but it seems that claiming “sexsomnia” would have given him much better odds.
Of the 18 known rape cases in which sexsomnia was used as a defence in British courts between 1996 to 2011, 12 ended in acquittals, one Scottish case was found ‘not proven’ and only five ended in guilty verdicts.
Bit-part actor Simon Morris whose usual roles are fleeting appearances in films and on stage, as well as a single part in TV soap Hollyoaks, insisted that he knew nothing of the events that led to a 15-year-old schoolgirl being raped at a house party in Wales.
In fact, Morris initially refused to accept that he had even had sex with the girl until police presented him with DNA evidence. To this day, he insists that at the time he was brutally violating the innocent teenager, he was asleep.
Thankfully for his victim, who was herself asleep at the time the attack began, the actor’s claim was seen for what it was: the pretence of a desperate man — or, as prosecutor Sue Ferrier scathingly put it, a case of ‘acute thespian syndrome’. He was found guilty of rape and is awaiting sentence.
Excellent to see a jury that saw through the bullshit.
The defence on which Morris relied is, however, a recognised medical condition: sexsomnia. As the name suggests, it causes sufferers to carry out sexual acts in their sleep. It is related to other sleeping conditions, called ‘parasomnias’, such as sleepwalking and night terrors.
In genuine cases, it often causes great distress and embarrassment for those with it, the majority of whom are male and remember nothing of what has occurred.
What’s more, their partners have to cope with both fear and bewilderment: the sufferer’s eyes are typically open, but usually with a curious staring quality about them.
The problem is that it is possible to fake the condition. What’s more, when alcohol features — as it did in the Morris case — it can be difficult to determine where memory loss is due to the medical condition and when it has a more obvious, and controllable, cause.
Yep. I think the Famous New Zealand Comedian Child Molester should ask for a refund from his lawyer. Sexomnia, especially with alcohol could have seen the poor misunderstood man set free instead.