"This was a shameful and disgusting crime" said Justice Neville Norbury, when jailing the prince for assaulting a young girl, who had been in a coma for more than 15 years following an industrial injury involving spinning machinery. The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, regained consciousness immediately after the assault.
"Her subsequent immediate arousal from her coma is no mitigation" continued the judge. "Indeed, the fact that the girl was not even 16 years old at the time of the assault makes the offence all the more despicable."
The prince is also to face even more serious charges of destroying the vegetation of a Site of Special Scientific Interest, breaking and entering a listed building and of killing a protected species of dragon.