Clydebank ‘sexsomniac’ accused of raping woman as he slept

Lawrence Barilli, 35, is accused of raping and assaulting a woman at least 200 times as she slept but he claims he is a sexsomniac

A man accused of raping and sexually assaulting a woman more than 200 times says he is innocent because he is a ‘sexsomniac’.

Lawrence Barilli, 35, told the woman the condition ‘made him do it’ as he slept, Glasgow’s High Court heard.

His alleged victim told jurors that such incidents occurred ‘a couple of hundred times’ and when she confronted him he said he had not memory of it.

She told the court: ‘He said it was sexsomnia. I would wake up with him having sex with me’.

35 year-old Barilli went on trial yesterday after being charged with assaulting and raping the woman between September 2011 and October 2012.

The incidents are said to have occurred in a number of locations including Glasgow’s Shettleston and Uddingston, South Lanarkshire.

The woman met Barilli after she broke up with a long term partner.

Prosecutor Peter Ferguson QC asked was there anything ‘sexual’ that caused her ‘upset’.

The mum said the first incident happened months after they first met.

She said: ‘I did not really not know what to think. I thought it was something that he was trying to spice up the relationship.

‘It was silent throughout…I did not like it.’

The woman said it was the next morning she confronted Barilli.

She told the trial: ‘I basically asked him what last night was about. He said: “What are you talking about?”.

‘I said having sex through the night – but he said he had no memory of it.’

The woman claimed when it happened again she felt she was not able to ‘stop him’.

The alleged sex attacker told the woman the condition 'made him do it' as he slept, Glasgow's High Court (pictured) heard

The alleged sex attacker told the woman the condition ‘made him do it’ as he slept, Glasgow’s High Court (pictured) heard

Jurors heard Barilli later said he had been ‘diagnosed with a condition that makes him do that’.

The woman explained: ‘He said it was sexsominia.’

Mr Ferguson asked her: ‘Did he suggest if he had been diagnosed by a qualified person?’

The witness: ‘Yes – his GP.’

The advocate depute went on: ‘Did you accept what he said?’

The woman: ‘I told him that I had never heard of it, but I looked it up online.

‘He just said: “Well, I have got it”.’

She claimed to being ‘upset’ at what happened to her adding it took place ‘a couple of hundred times’.

Mr Ferguson: ‘Was he aware that you did not like him doing it?’

The woman: ‘Yes – I would tell him in the morning.’

The prosecutor: ‘But, his reaction was that he was not aware he was doing it?’

The witness: ‘Yes.’

Barilli’s QC Tony Graham later asked the woman had she ever considered ‘banning’ him from her bedroom. However, she said she had not.

Mr Graham put to her that any ‘sexual encounter’ was always with the woman’s ‘consent’.

The woman replied: ‘No.’

Barilli, of Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire, is further accused of assaulting and raping another woman between 2008 and 2010.

He denies the allegations and the trial, before Judge Craig Scott QC, continues.


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