A man was jailed today jailed for sexually assaulting a heavily intoxicated and sleeping woman.

Andrew Murphy, 34, only stopped attacking semi-conscious woman when a 10-year-old boy walked into the room and interrupted him.

A jury at Liverpool Crown Court also heard a younger child was sleeping in the room where the assault occurred.

Andrew Murphy, of Birch Grove in Ashton-in-Makerfield, was locked up for six years after being convicted of sexual assault by penetration but was cleared of an additional count of rape after the jury failed to reach a verdict.

Judge Steven Everett described dad-of-five Murphy as being 鈥渋nfatuated鈥?with the woman, who attempted suicide after the assault.

Jamie Baxter, prosecuting, read a statement from the victim outlining the 鈥渟evere psychological harm鈥?of the assault.

She said: 鈥淚t has been hard going through this case. It was very difficult telling people what had happened to me.

鈥淚 have suffered from depression and anxiety, which got that bad I attempted suicide. I was not in a good place at the time.?/p>

The court heard the woman had been drinking with Murphy and others at an address in Ashton-in-Makerfield when she went to sleep on a couch.

'You treated her with no respect, no compassion and no concern.'

Predatory Murphy waited until the coast was clear before assaulting her.

The jury heard the victim was too disorientated to react to what was happening ?and Murphy stopped the assault when the child walked in.

Judge Everett, passing sentence, said: 鈥淚鈥檓 quite prepared to accept you didn鈥檛 ply her with alcohol. What you did was take advantage of the situation.

鈥淵ou treated her with no respect, no compassion and no concern. You didn鈥檛 treat her like a human being, you treated her like a sex object for your own purposes.?/p>

He said Murphy had tried to 鈥渟mear鈥?the victim鈥檚 name by suggesting she was using cocaine heavily ?and suggested they were in a sexual relationship.

But the woman said Murphy tried to supply her with cocaine before the assault, knowing that she had struggled with addiction in the past.

Peter Killen, defending, said his client had worked hard to support his partner and five children, and said he had not engineered the situation.

But Judge Everett blasted Murphy鈥檚 鈥渉edonistic鈥?lifestyle.

He said: 鈥淵ou were selfish, you did what you wanted; you came first. Notwithstanding you had a long term partner and five young children, it is very clear you still came first....?/p>

He told Murphy he was 鈥渓ucky鈥?he had not been charged with supplying cocaine and blasted him for attempting to derail the victim鈥檚 successful attempts to stop using the drug.

The pervert was ordered to sign the sex offenders鈥?register for life.

A spokeswoman for the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner declined to comment when approached by the ECHO, stating: 鈥淭his is a private matter for Sue and her family.?/p>

When she was appointed to the role, Cllr Murphy said: 鈥淭his is a great opportunity to work alongside the Commissioner and with a whole range of partners on some of the issues that matter most to our communities ?crime, anti-social behaviour, protecting the vulnerable and caring for victims ?and I am really excited to start work.?/p>