The landlord of a Paddington pub has been jailed for raping a customer that fell asleep in his bar.
John Michael Coyne was sentenced to nine years behind bars after assaulting the hetrosexual man in The Prince of Wales pub, in Harrow Road, Maida Vale.
The attack happened in the early hours of October 13 last year after the victim, a 25-year-old man, fell asleep on a sofa inside the bar.
Coyne, 56, was sentenced on Monday (April 13) after being found guilty of oral rape and engaging in sexual activity without consent following a trial at Blackfriars Crown Court.
The jury had heard the victim had been on a night out with friends after finishing work on October 12 when he ended up in Coyne’s pub.
He awoke at around 3am the following morning to find Coyne assaulting him, the court heard. The rapist ran off and the victim alerted police.
Coyne was arrested and officers seized CCTV from the venue that captured him committing his offences. He was charged the next day.
The conviction follows an investigation by detectives from the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command.
Detective Constable Neil Hume, the officer in the case, said following the sentencing: “Coyne abused his position as a landlord of a pub to take advantage of an unconscious customer and showed no remorse.
"I would applaud the victim’s bravery attending court and hope that the sentence sends out a clear message.”
Detective Inspector Neil Smithson, the senior investigating officer, added: “The Metropolitan Police are committed to prosecuting sexual offenders.
"Coyne preyed on an unconscious customer whilst in his own pub and I would encourage anyone who believes they may have been a victim at the hands of Coyne to come forward.”
Coyne received a nine-year sentence for rape and five years for sexual activity without consent, to be served concurrently.