Dad's pathetic excuse after sexually assaulting passed out teen in Premier Inn

Andrew Peel
-Credit: (Image: Merseyside Police)

A pervert sexually assaulted a teenage girl at a Premier Inn then claimed to be suffering from "sexsomnia".

Andrew Peel preyed upon his victim after she had passed out through drinking. He then conjured up a "cowardly and pathetic excuse for his abhorrent behaviour", alleging that he had effectively been sleepwalking at the time of the incident.

A trial at Liverpool Crown Court, prosecuted by Arthur Gibson, heard that the 48-year-old had spent the afternoon and evening drinking while visiting Liverpool city centre. The teenage complainant was staying in the same hotel as the defendant that night, the Albert Dock branch of Premier Inn, and was assaulted in her room by him after she had "crashed out" from the effects of alcohol.

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Peel, of Pochard Close in Bradford, claimed during his six-day trial to be suffering from a condition known as sexsomnia, in which a person engages in sexual behaviour while sleepwalking. However, his account was rejected by a jury and he was found guilty of two counts of sexual assault.

In a statement which was read out to the court on her behalf today, his victim said: "He concocted a cowardly and pathetic excuse for his abhorrent behaviour. He has continued to live life as normal while I've struggled to focus on my studies.

"My confidence has been shattered by him and his actions. I've not been able to regain the confidence I've lost.

"I'm always anxious and wondering if I'm going to be someone's prey again. I feel worthless and I mistrust so many people.

"He has taken so much from me and he does not deserve to have the things he has taken. I'll never be free of what he has done to me and the impact he has had on my life."

Peel has no previous convictions. Tania Griffiths, defending, told the court: "This was completely out of character. He is a family man. He has had an active role in the upbringing of his two daughters and he has been a hands on father.

"The defendant has never contested the events that happened. He has not had a stress free period. He has suffered tremendous anxiety and stress. He has lost so much.

"He has lost his accommodation. He may well lose his business. If he does not lose his business, he will certainly suffer to a great degree. He has lost everything.

"He has got a sleep apnoea condition. The jury found that it was not relevant in this case, but he does have that serious condition and it remains to be seen how the prison estate will cope with that particular issue."

Appearing in the dock wearing a black North Face zip-up top in the dock on Monday, Peel was jailed for seven-and-a-half years by Judge Denis Watson KC. He was also told to sign the sex offenders' register for life and handed an indefinite restraining order.

Merseyside Police's Detective Constable Claire McDonald said following the sentencing: "Peel carried out an appalling and depraved sexual assault on a teenage girl and he will now face a significant time behind bars. He also prolonged the suffering of his victim by denying the offence and forcing her to relive her ordeal in a trial.

"I would like to commend her for showing such strength and resolve throughout what was an extremely traumatic time, and we hope that today's sentence brings her some sense of justice as she continues to recover. Anyone that has been a victim of a sexual offence, is concerned for the safety of someone they know or suspects someone to be engaging in this criminal activity should come forward and speak to us.

"Please be assured that we have a team of dedicated staff who will expertly and compassionately deal with your reports and we will do everything we can to bring offenders to justice. We take all such reports extremely seriously and work with partner organisations, such as Victim Care support service and Rape and Sexual Abuse Support, who are there to support victims every step of the way.”

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