Construction boss, 47, found guilty of sexually assaulting woman while she slept in hotel bed

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A builder has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a woman while she slept in a hotel bed after a night out as a couple.

David Horton, 47, jumped on top of his victim and laughed as he pushed his fingers into her while his partner slept in the next bed of the four-star Apex hotel in London.

Earlier in the evening, Horton repeatedly felt the woman’s buttocks during a night out with his partner, an Inner London Crown Court judge heard.

He tried to reach between her legs that same night at Sushi Samba and the Star and Garter pubs in Soho.

Horton, then a construction manager, later told police that he thought he was stroking the leg of his girlfriend, who was sleeping in the adjacent single bed.

The businessman was convicted by a jury of four counts of sexual assault and one charge of assault by penetration.

David Horton (pictured), 47, jumped on top of his victim and laughed as he dug his fingers into her while his partner slept in the next bed of the four-star Apex hotel in London

David Horton (pictured), 47, jumped on top of his victim and laughed as he dug his fingers into her while his partner slept in the next bed of the four-star Apex hotel in London

The woman said she woke up at 2 a.m. and Horton “breathed into my face, with something inside me.” He laughed. When I got home, I did nothing and didn’t speak to anyone’.

When she got home, she said she didn’t want to talk or think about what had happened.

“When I got home, my intention was to forget it and never talk about it again,” she said.

“I just wanted to carry on, carry on, never think about it again, but I couldn’t function, I just couldn’t function at all. I told him not to touch me again, I didn’t agree.

“I thought it was really disrespectful that he touched me when I had to ask him not to, but he just kept doing it.”

She was encouraged to report the allegations to the police after speaking to her close friend, a serving soldier in the British Army.

Prosecutor David Povall said: “It became clear that she was very sad and distressed, not herself. After returning home, it took her five days to go to the police about what had happened.’

When questioned, Horton told police he “got a feeling” earlier in the day before suggesting he was “incredibly drunk” and couldn’t remember what had happened.

He said: “There were a lot of flirty innuendo and conversation all day long.

“We were talking about breasts, my partner’s breasts, the alleged victim’s breasts, and if I recall correctly, I think I got a sense of both.”

In his police interrogation, which was played before the jury, Horton said: “We got into the taxi and I think I felt the woman’s breasts again and my partner pulled him away.”

“Was that intentionally touching her chest?” the officer asked.

Earlier in the evening, Horton repeatedly groped the woman's buttocks during a night out with his partner, an Inner London Crown Court judge heard (pictured)

Earlier in the evening, Horton repeatedly groped the woman's buttocks during a night out with his partner, an Inner London Crown Court judge heard (pictured)

Earlier in the evening, Horton repeatedly groped the woman’s buttocks during a night out with his partner, an Inner London Crown Court judge heard (pictured)

“I mean, I was incredibly drunk… I only know because my partner told me,” Horton said.

He told his version of the events in the hotel room, telling police that he had drunkenly ‘dirty’ himself and fell asleep on the floor where he accidentally touched the woman’s leg.

“Earlier in the morning I woke up a little disoriented again…so I raised my arm and touched the alleged victim’s leg, but I felt it move and thought ‘Ooh crikey, wrong side’, and stepped back in bed with my partner.’

Testimony Horton told jurors that the woman was “very flirtatious” and “open” about her sexual preferences, leaving him feeling “excited.”

“There was no reason to believe she wouldn’t agree,” he said. “I assumed the behavior that she didn’t protest against me.”

Horton, of Rotherham, South Yorkshire, denied but was convicted of four counts of sexual assault and one of assault by penetration.

He was released on bail to an address in Cornwall prior to his sentencing on 23 July.

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