(CMR) A man who was found guilty of the indecent assault of an adult family member as she slept has been sentenced to five years in prison.
Willard Guidelitti Hurlston denied the assault but was found guilty based on text messages he sent to the victim the day after the incident, apologizing and asking her not to tell anyone.
Hurlston and his wife were reportedly spending the night at the woman's apartment last December when he opened her locked bedroom door and assaulted her. The woman woke up to him in her bed, touching her genitals.
During his trial earlier this year, the court heard that Hurlston was familiar with the apartment as he often carried out repairs there. On the night of the incident, Hurlston used some tool or knife to unlock the bedroom door.
The woman reported the incident to the police on the advice of a friend. The court heard the woman was deeply affected by the incident as she had known Hurlston for many years.
On Wednesday, Justice Phillip St John-Stevens sentenced Hurlston and issued a sexual harm prevention order that prevents him from having any contact with the victim for twelve years after release from prison.