A creeper burglar from Ilfracombe who raped a young mother after finding her naked in the bath has been jailed for ten years.

Ross Wyborn was described as 'every woman's worst nightmare' after a judge at Exeter Crown Court was told that the victim was so traumatised that she had to move out of her home.

The 25-year-old had been out of prison for less than six weeks when he broke into the house through an insecure door and started searching it.

The victim was in her bath when she heard a sound on her stairs and went out to investigate.

She was holding a towel when she was confronted by Wyborn on the landing. He sexually assaulted her and forced her to have sex with him.

Ross Whyborn has been jailed for 10 years.Ross Whyborn has been jailed for 10 years.

The noise of the assault woke her daughter who came out of her bedroom to see her mother being attacked. Wyborn broke off the rape and threw the little girl back into her room before slamming the door and carrying on.

He was already a registered sex offender with two convictions for underage sex and had been released from jail 39 days before he committed the rape. He is also a prolific burglar with nine previous convictions.

He had spent the intervening time partying and taking drugs. He was high on cannabis and cocaine when he attacked the victim on May 21 last year.

He was trapped by DNA but tried to lie his way out of trouble by blackening the victim's name, telling police she was a prostitute and a drug dealer. It was all completely untrue.

The jury at his trial were played a recording of her 999 call to the police which showed she was terrified, sobbing and hysterical and had no idea of the identity of her attacker.

Wyborn, of Fore Street, Ilfracombe, denied the charge but was found guilty of two counts of rape, assault by penetration, and assault by battery of the child.

He was jailed for ten years with a five year extended licence by Judge Timothy Rose, who put him on the sex offenders register for life and made a Sexual Harm Prevention Order preventing him from going into any lone female's home in the future.

He told him: "This was a truly terrifying experience for the victim. It is quite literally any woman's worst nightmare, any person's worst nightmare, to be alone at home and find a stranger outside the bathroom when they are in the bath.

"Instead of reacting by leaving, you attacked her physically, forced her to the floor and raped her twice.

"You lied in every conceivable way. You changed your story repeatedly and accused her of receiving money for sex.

"You said she was in a consensual relationship with you, which was absolute nonsense. You traduced her reputation to try to make out a defence.

"You made an uninvited entry into her home in a situation when she was particularly vulnerable and could not escape because of her responsibilities to her child.

"I have no doubt you must be dealt with as a dangerous offender."

Mr Richard Crabb, defending, said Wyborn did not use serious violence. He now accepts he was burgling the house at the time and is willing to go on courses while in jail to prevent him offending again when he is released.