A man who raped a teenage girl while she lay unconscious in a bed has been jailed for five years.
John Southwell, 63, of Bridge Street, Garstang, raped his 18-year-old victim after he found her passed out outside a takeaway in Garstang in October last year.
He picked up the victim and walked her to his home in the Wyre town where he then raped her.
Southwell was jailed by a judge at Preston Crown Court yesterday after being found guilty at a trial this summer.
Speaking after the sentence, Detective Constable Stephen Lloyd, of Fleetwood and Wyre CID, said: “It was a distressing attack, he took advantage of her while she was completely comatose and walked her back to his flat.
“In court he said his first thought was for her welfare and he was thinking of getting her a taxi, but he never made any attempt to call a taxi and the first room he took her to was his bedroom which was at the far end of his flat - past the lounge - and he put her straight on the bed.
“From there we don’t know what happened.
“He undressed her and had sexual intercourse with her but she can’t remember that.
“She remembers waking up in the morning thinking she was at her boyfriend’s.”
The trial last summer heard she left Southwell’s flat following the attack on October 22, 2011 and went to her mother’s house, where Det Con Lloyd said she “realised she had been raped”.
The girl reported the incident to police a couple of days later.
Det Con Lloyd said: “He showed no remorse.
“She was very distressed and is still distressed, and still seeking medical assistance.
“Southwell is clearly a dangerous individual and the community is safer for him being behind bars.”
Southwell was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register.
Det Con Stephen Lloyd said: “Southwell preyed on his victim because she was in a vulnerable position and he has taken advantage of that for his own gratification.
“He clearly is a dangerous individual and the community is safer for him being behind bars.”