A Fraser Canyon man who raped a young acquaintance following a drunken Christmas Eve party last year has been ordered to spend two years behind bars.
The 49-year-old Lillooet man cannot be named due to a court-ordered publication ban protecting the identity of his victim.
Court heard the man was drinking at his sister’s house in Lillooet on Dec. 24, 2018, when he invited a 22-year-old woman to share his liquor. She obliged and fell asleep at about midnight.
The woman told police she woke up about an hour later to find the attacker on top of her engaged in forced intercourse.
Crown prosecutor Tim Livingston said the victim began to cry and hit the rapist in the face. He then struck her.
She escaped and notified others at the party about what had happened and police were called.
The attacker was arrested a short time later.
Kamloops provincial court Judge Roy Dickey sentenced the man to two years less a day in provincial prison, to be followed by a two-year probation order with terms barring him from having any contact with the victim.
After being given credit for time served, the man will have about 21 months left to serve in prison.