TWO Burton women were sexually assaulted by an intruder in separate incidents almost two years apart, jurors heard.
Stafford Crown Court heard how in both cases, the complainants were asleep when they claimed they were sexually assaulted.
Thomas Kenning, prosecuting, alleged the offences bore striking similarities and were committed by the same man - Daniel Martin.
The first incident happened in 2010, but the complainant, Ms S, did not report the matter to the police until after she learned that Martin had been accused of a similar offence against another woman, Ms M, in 2012.
Mr Kenning claimed Ms S went to the police because she feared Martin might do it again and again.
Martin, 32, of South Broadway Street, Burton denies two charges of sexual assault.
Neither of the alleged victims can be named for legal reasons.
Mr Kenning told the jury that Ms S had been out for the evening in Burton town centre in the summer of 2010, then went to a house party.
She returned home tired and, probably through lack of sleep, went to bed without locking the door.
“The next thing she remembers is she felt someone touch her inappropriately and an arm came round her, groping her.
“She was frightened, she turned around and it was this defendant who was on the bed with her.
“She jumped up out of the bed and shouted at him and pushed him. He didn’t stop fondling her - he continued to molest her. She did eventually manage to get him out of her home.”
She only came forward when she heard he had been accused of a similar allegation.
That incident happened on March 8 last year when Ms M had been out with a female friend in Burton town centre.
They met two men, who invited the women back to their flats, before taking part in mild intimacy.
Mr Kenning added: “The next thing [Ms M] remembers is feeling someone touching her.”
At first, she thought it must be the man she had met, but it wasn’t him and they left theb flat.
After being arrested, Martin told the police the incident with Ms S never happened and claimed that Ms M had voluntarily performed a sex act on him.