A Royal Navy sailor who raped his sleeping male comrade after a BBQ has been sentenced to seven years in prison.
Able Seaman Troy Glasgow took ‘opportunistic advantage’ of the horrified sailor, who was woken by an ‘excruciating pain’ after being raped in an accommodation block at a naval base overseas.
The 31-year-old ‘totally wrecked’ his victim’s life, who has since been medically discharged from the Navy owing to subsequent mental health problems that have ‘entirely engulfed’ his life.
Despite denying rape, AB Glasgow was convicted after a three-day trial at Bulford Military Court in Wiltshire. He was sentenced, fired ‘with disgrace,’ and placed on the sex offenders register.
The trial heard that AB Glasgow and the man had earlier been drinking beer at a Navy barbecue event while stationed abroad.
They shared an apartment building and strolled home together after last orders at around 10.30 p.m.
The victim invited AB Glasgow, an engineering worker, back to his room so they could continue drinking.
The court heard that after drinking vodka and listening to music, the sailor had a video call with a woman he was ‘coming to know’ while AB Glasgow was still present.
AB Glasgow later fell asleep on the bed while the male sailor was still on the phone.
After falling asleep, the heterosexual sailor awoke in the early hours of the morning to severe pain.
When he realized what was going on, the sailor responded in ‘absolute wrath,’ swinging a vodka bottle towards AB Glasgow before shouting ‘get out’ and taking a knife from his multi-tool before being held by crewmates, according to the court.
The sailor then dived into the sea from a nearby jetty because he ‘felt unclean.’
In a victim impact statement, he stated, ‘This incident has severely impacted my mental health, and I have had mental health problems as a direct result of the incident.’
‘I feel like I have been stuck living in a nightmare.’
The victim suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and panic attacks, according to the evidence presented in court.
He continued: ‘Without my medication I am unable to sleep.
‘I wake up in the night visibly shaking and start crying for no reason.’
The court heard that the victim avoids seeing his parents and daughter as he feels like he has ‘let them down’.
‘I used to be confident and outgoing, now I’m withdrawn and avoid social interactions as much as possible.
‘My career has spiralled so uncontrollably, I have now been medically discharged. I am on my own and isolated. I feel like a loner and that I will spend the rest of my life this way.
‘My future is no longer certain or stable – something that the Navy offered. I can’t imagine a future for me with anything positive. This incident has completely destroyed my life and future.
‘My mental health problems have completely consumed my life. I feel like I have lost everything. I am not the same person I was before. I am scared I will never be the same again.’
The assault had a ‘devastating impact’ on the victim’s mental health, according to sentencing judge Advocate Alistair McGrigor.
He said to AB Glasgow: ‘You both fell asleep.
‘When you awoke, you were aroused and took opportunistic advantage of his sleep.
‘He was comatose and was not in a position to give consent or resist.
‘It is certain that your actions have had a devastating effect on [the victim’s] mental health.
‘You can no longer remain in the Navy and you must be dismissed.
‘We consider your conduct to have been disgraceful.’