Portsmouth-based sailor jailed for groping sleeping colleague

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A ROYAL Navy sailor who groped a female colleague during a deployment to the Middle East has been sentenced to 11-and-a-half months in military detention.

Logistician Sheldon Bailey pleaded guilty to the offence of sexual assault at a court martial in Portsmouth.

The court heard that the 29-year-old Jamaican national had been on a night out with the victim and other colleagues last year.

The group returned from a nightclub to the victim’s apartment and drank more alcohol before going to bed.

The victim awoke in the early hours to find Bailey, who had gone to bed in another room, sexually assaulting her.

The court heard there was a one in a billion chance that a DNA sample from the victim’s clothes didn’t come from Bailey, who was based at Portsmouth Naval Base.

He has been sent to Colchester military detention centre.