A LOCHGELLY man is facing a lengthy prison sentence after being convicted of raping a sleeping woman.

Gordon McKay, 21, of Lumphinnans Road, continued to sexually assault the 30-year-old after she wakened, ignoring her pleas to stop.

He had denied rape and lodged a special defence that his victim had consented to sexual intercourse.

He was charged with removing the woman’s underwear while she was asleep and incapable of giving or withholding her consent, seizing her by the body, turning her onto her back and raping her.

A jury at the High Court in Livingston rejected his defence and found him guilty of committing the offence against her in his home on December 19, 2020.

During his trial McKay’s victim gave the jury a graphic description of the ordeal to which he subjected her.

She revealed she was homeless at the time and had been staying with the accused for a short while.

She said he raped her after they had both consumed drink and drugs during a three day binge.

McKay was initially remanded in Saughton Prison in Edinburgh after he failed to turn up at court on the second day of his trial.

Judge Alistair Watson KC called for a criminal justice social work report into the accused’s background and formally remanded him in custody until sentence.

He told McKay his name would be added to the sex offenders’ register with immediate effect and Scottish ministers would be notified of his conviction under laws to protect vulnerable groups.