A woman who was raped in her sleep by her next-door neighbour has spoken out about her ordeal.
Jade Bailey-Reeks, 21, was raped in her sleep by 23-year-old Haydon Davis-Patton, before tricking him to confess the crime and secretly recording it.
She told The Sun how the predator came around while she as ill and she didn’t realise she’d been assaulted until she woke up the next morning because she’d taken a sleeping pill.
Ms Bailey-Reeks (left) was unsure whether police would class the assault as rape because she had been dating Davis-Patton (right) for a few weeks before the attack
‘Waking up, I realised I was naked from the waist down. In horror, I turned over to face the man I’d been dating for a few weeks,’ she said. ‘I couldn’t remember having sex – but had he raped me as I slept?’
At first the care assistant, who has waived her right to anonymity, was unsure whether the police would class the assault as rape because she’d been in the early stages of a relationship with Davis-Patton.
But a month later, after he deleted messages from her phone in which they had discussed the attack, she became certain he’d committed a crime.
After Davis-Patton deleted messages from Ms Bailey-Reeks’s phone in which the pair discussed the rape, she realised he had definitely committed a crime. She then recorded Davis-Patton confessing to the crime and saying: ‘I don’t know why I done it. I’ve got no explanation at all’
Knowing she’d need hard evidence to get Davis-Patton convicted, she secretly recorded him on her mobile phone as he admitted what he had done.
In the recording Davis-Patton says: ‘I don’t know why I done it. I’ve got no explanation at all.’
When asked how long the assault lasted he said: ‘A minute, if that, it’s not like I went f****** all out f****** 20 minutes.’
Ms Bailey-Reeks can be heard saying: ‘I don’t know if it’s okay that you did it in my sleep. I don’t know if it’s okay because we’re together. I don’t know, I really don’t know.’
Davis-Patton then says: ‘It’s not like I f****** tickled you.
‘What the f*** did you do then?’ Ms Bailey-Reeks asks and Davis-Patton says: ‘You know what I did.’ Ms Bailey-Reeks replies: ‘Well I don’t because I was sleeping.’
As a result of Ms Bailey-Reeks’s recording Davis-Patton was sentenced to four years in prison, made the sign the sex offenders register for life and was given a restraining order keeping him away from Ms Bailey-Reeks for 10 years
Reliving the horrific attack, she explained that she’d made it clear she wasn’t willing to have sex with Patton when he turned up at her house.
‘After work one night in July 2017, I went to bed with a tummy ache when Patton called at 10pm, asking if he could stay as he’d forgotten his keys,’ she said. ‘I was tired and home alone, so asked if his parents could let him in instead, but he said they weren’t answering their phones.
‘Not wanting to leave him outside, I agreed, but I made it clear I wasn’t feeling well and we wouldn’t be having sex. He didn’t make a fuss, so I got into bed wearing a nightie and boxer shorts before taking a sleeping pill, as I’d been having trouble nodding off.’
The next morning she found that her underwear and nightie had been removed and she felt an ache between her legs.
When she shouted at Patton and demanded to know what he’d done, the rapist told her she’d ‘wanted it’.
She was left sobbing in bed as she was terrified that she’d caught an STI or fallen pregnant.
Ms Bailey-Reeks confronted him the following week and recorded him tearfully confessing to the rape.
The pair were next door neighbours at the time of the attack in July 2017 and had been seeing each other for a few weeks.
It wasn’t until Davis-Patton deleted messages from Ms Bailey-Reeks’s phone in which the pair discussed the rape that she decided to report him to the police.
She said: ‘The night he raped me I had been working as a carer and a hairdresser and I was feeling tired and poorly.
Ms Bailey-Reeks recorded Davis-Patton on her mobile phone while she sat in the back of the car he was driving, before taking the evidence to a police station.
As a result he pleaded guilty to rape and was jailed at Newcastle Crown Court where Judge Edward Bindloss told him: ‘You betrayed her trust.’
As well as a four year jail term Davis-Patton was ordered to sign the sex offender register for life and was given a ten year restraining order to keep him away from the victim.
The judge told him: ‘She was vulnerable in two ways, her illness and the fact she wasn’t awake. She was in her own bed, in her own house.
‘In my judgement your sense of entitlement and your refusal to consider her consent, her illness and the fact she was asleep led directly to this offence.’
The judge added: ‘When she realised what had happened there were text messages and in a recording on her phone in August 2017 you made partial admissions and you apologised to her.’
The court heard Davis-Patton graduated university with a 2:1 and he provided references to his ordinarily positive character.
Judge Bindloss said Davis-Patton was described as ‘polite, well mannered, reliable, caring and confident’ and accepted the attack was ‘out of character’.
Ms Bailey-Reeks added: ‘I want to encourage other women who have experienced this to come forward.
‘No-one’s going to call you a liar. I will never get over this and I think he should have been given a harsher sentence. But despite that I feel like I have got my own justice, and also a sense of vindication.’