A RAPIST who attacked his victim as she slept at her home in Bournemouth is due to be sentenced by a judge this afternoon.

Marti Nicholas Reynolds, aged 29, who had been a student in town, committed the sexual assault in October 2017.

The incident came to light when a woman contacted Dorset Police to say Reynolds had admitted to having sexual intercourse with a woman as she slept. He was arrested the same day.

Officers made contact with the victim – who is aged in her 20s and knew Reynolds as a fellow student – to take an account from her.

The victim told police that she had been out drinking with friends in Bournemouth town centre on the evening of Sunday, October 22, 2017.

She returned home to her address and went to bed, allowing Reynolds to stay with her as a friend. She woke to discover Reynolds raping her and she got up and left.

Reynolds, of Baardwyk Avenue, Canvey Island, was convicted of rape on Wednesday, December 9, 2020, following a trial at Salisbury Crown Court. He was found not guilty of a second rape offence.

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A sentencing hearing is due to take place at Bournemouth Crown Court today, March 5.

The case will be presided over by Judge Jonathan Fuller QC.

The Daily Echo will be covering this hearing with an online live blog.