A JOHNSTONE sex beast who forced himself on a straight man while he was unconscious has been spared jail for the attack.

Former pub boss Robert Stewart was branded “inappropriate and shameful” by his own lawyer for the attack. 

Stewart, 46, forced himself on his unconscious victim on a couch that his partner, Robert Taylor, was also asleep on.

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Stewart had denied sexually assaulting his victim, claiming their encounter was consensual, and went on trial at Paisley Sheriff Court last month. 

But Stewart pounced on his victim after giving him a drink before the 25-year-old fell unconscious at the flat Stewart shared with Mr Taylor in Collier Street, Johnstone. 

The young man, a pub worker who described himself as heterosexual, said he had been drinking with a friend and watching football in pubs in Johnstone.

He and “the two Roberts” – as they are known locally – began drinking together after he met them in the Keystone Inn and they invited him back to their flat.

He said he believed they were going to fetch keys to Callum’s – a pub in the town where Stewart was the manager, and Taylor was the chef – to continue drinking.

But he was offered a drink on arrival and after drinking he felt drowsy, fell unconscious – and woke to Stewart performing a sex act on him.

“I tried to push him away but everything felt heavy. My legs felt like they were made of stone and I couldn’t move”, he told the court.

Stewart lodged a special defence of consent, claiming the man was a willing participant in the encounter.

However, the court heard Stewart’s DNA was found on the man’s penis and inside his boxers – even though Stewart had initially told police officers nothing had happened between him and the victim. 

He then claimed it was a consensual encounter after his DNA was found and the jury convicted him of the single charge he faced for the attack on October 30, 2017.

Sheriff Seith Ireland placed Stewart, who now lives in Kilmarnock, on the Sex Offenders’ Register for two years. 

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He could have been caged for up to five years when he returned to the dock this week. 
But, after hearing Stewart had been assessed by social workers as being “a low risk of reoffending”, Sheriff Seith Ireland spared him jail.

He placed him on a Community Payback Order which will see him supervised by social workers and having to complete 200 hours’ unpaid work.

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