AN Irish prison guard has been sentenced to more than two years in a Spanish jail for attempting to sexually assault a sleeping woman.
The Wheatfield prison guard, named in the Spanish court as Kenny Declan Francis (29), broke into the home of a Brazilian woman in the resort of San Antonio, Ibiza, as she slept on her sofa on September 5, 2009.
The Balearics Provincial Court convicted him to 27 months in prison for "unfinished attempt of sexual aggression" after hearing that he had been intoxicated and that he no recollection of the incident.
Francis, who was on holiday with friends, climbed through an open window leading to the woman's ground floor apartment at around 8.30am on the Saturday morning.
He pulled down his trousers and underpants, grabbed the woman by her arm and tried to force her to perform oral sex.
The woman woke up at this stage and punched him in the legs until he fell to the floor.
He got up, grabbed her by the neck, threw her against the wall and then ran out.
"I woke up with him in the house," the woman, who has not been named for legal reasons, had told a court in Ibiza earlier this year.
She claimed that Francis said: "I am going to f*** you" before telling her: "you're a disgrace".
The woman suffered muscle spasms on her upper back as a result of the assault, which worsened a previous injury.
His shoes and a T-shirt were found in the victim's home but he claimed that he was very drunk and could not remember what had happened.
The Irishman had arrived in Ibiza the previous day from Dublin with friends.
He admitted in court to having drunk five or six cans of beer in Dublin Airport.
He also had five whiskey and cokes after landing on the Spanish island, and carried on drinking after his friends went to the hotel for the night.
Francis claimed that he had been suffering from the stress of working as a prison guard in Ireland.