Rapist pub landlord John Coyne
John Coyne has been sentenced to nine years in prison for raping an unconscious patron at his London pubGoogle/Met Police

Predatory pub landlord John Coyne has been jailed for nine years for raping a man who passed out in his Prince of Wales pub in Maida Vale.

Coyne sexually assaulted the man while he slept on a sofa in the pub in October 2014.

The court heard how the 25-year-old victim had been had been on a night out with friends after finishing work on Saturday 12 October 2014.

He ended the night at Coyne's pub where he fell asleep on a sofa but woke up at around 3am the following morning to find Coyne assaulting him. Coyne ran off and the victim then called police.

Coyne was arrested and officers seized CCTV from the venue that captured Coyne committing his offences. The landlord was charged the next day.

He was found guilty at an earlier hearing at Blackfriars Crown Court for oral rape and engaging in sexual activity without consent and was yesterday (13 March) sentenced to nine years for rape and a five year concurrent sentence for causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent.

Detective Constable Neil Hume, the officer in the case, said: "Coyne abused his position as a landlord of a pub to take advantage of an unconscious customer and showed no remorse. I would applaud the victim's bravery attending court and hope that the sentence sends out a clear message."

Detective Inspector Neil Smithson, the senior investigating officer, urged other potential victims to contact police.