'Stuff of nightmares': Australian mum assaulted in her own bed
A young mother in Australia woke up to her worst nightmare when she found a stranger kissing and biting her in her bed, as her baby slept nearby.
In what a judge called "the stuff of nightmares", the Melbourne woman felt "aggressive kissing on her lips, neck and face" and touching in the genital area, at about 3am on July 24.
Half-asleep, she had assumed the advances came from her partner, who was asleep beside her.
It was only when he didn't stop that she reached out, felt his hair and began to scream.
Photos tendered in the Victorian County Court show bruising to her face and neck as a result of the assault.
Lang Kouth, 21, has been jailed for the aggravated burglary, during which he sexually assaulted the new mother.
He pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary, sexual assault and theft.
He had entered the home, drunk, looking for keys to a car he intended to steal.
Then he went into the bedroom, removed his shoes and climbed into bed with the victim and her partner.
The couple's 17-month-baby was asleep on a mattress at the foot of the bed during the attack.
In jailing Kouth for four years and four months on Tuesday, Victorian County Court Judge Michael Tinney said it was not hard to imagine the acute sense of vulnerability the victim must have felt.
"Not even her half-asleep resistance deterred you," Judge Tinney said to Kouth.
"You persisted in touching her.
"Thank goodness her partner was there."
The victim's partner chased Kouth from the house.
He got in their car and sped away, reaching speeds of 160kmh in an 80kmh zone.
He clipped a tree, then a pole, and fled on foot but was later caught and arrested by police.
Judge Tinney said the assault was extraordinary.
"Waking up in the middle of the night in one's own bed next to one's own partner with a baby in the room and finding that a complete stranger is in the bed and upon the person ... it's the stuff of nightmares."
Kouth had not initially entered the house with the intent to assault, adding he "can't have been thinking right."
Judge Tinney said he was anxious about the man's youth and the "potentially corrupting influence of an adult prison".
But it was important the court said a "loud and clear message" that it would not tolerate attacks on sleeping or vulnerable women.
"You should be ashamed of yourself," Judge Tinney said.
Kouth must serve at least two years and three months before he is eligible for parole.