Vile sex beast who broke into South Yorkshire mum's home and raped her as her baby lay next to her is jailed

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A sick sex beast, who raped a South Yorkshire woman in her home as her baby lay a metre away, has been jailed for over 10 years.

Judge David Dixon sentenced 26-year-old Ricky Swift to 12 years in prison for one count of rape and one count of sexual assault, after a jury found him guilty of both counts at Sheffield Crown Court this afternoon.

The court was told how after drinking an excessive amount of alcohol on the evening of September 2 last year, Swift broke into the home of his victim through the back door of her home.

Swift, of Brayshaw's Bungalows, Redscope Crescent, Kimberworth went upstairs into her bedroom where the woman was sleeping, with her one-year-old baby sleeping in a cot a metre away from her.

Judge Dixon said to Swift: "You climbed into bed and set about sexually assaulting her."

The court was told how Swift raped and sexually assaulted the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, in a sustained attack lasting around 15-20 minutes.

The horrific ordeal only ended when the woman's child woke up and began crying, causing Swift to flee the premises.

"You ran away like the coward you are, instead of facing the consequences that were clearly imminent," Judge Dixon added.

After running from the house, the court heard how Swift ran to his mother's house and hid under some perspex in her garden, pretending to have fallen asleep there.

In a statement read to the court, Swift's victim explained how the horrific attack had left her fearful of all men she does not know, and unable to leave the house.

The woman, who was home alone when the attack was carried out, said: "I'm not the same person since this happened. I don't dare go out of the house.

"I put restrictions on my partner to make sure he's always around.

"I can't stop the flashbacks. I'm trying hard to work out what happened to make this man to make him do something to me I will have to live with for the rest of my life."

As Judge Dixon began sentencing Swift this afternoon, a female juror who presided over trial, began to cry.

Judge Dixon said: "What you have done has changed her.

"She couldn't sleep in her own bed that night, she was fortunate to have parents who could come to her aid.

Thereafter she couldn't take her son to the doctors for fear of leaving the house. She doesn't feel safe in her own home, all because of you."