A former Redditch teacher who raped a woman and then texted her blaming the attack on "drink, tablets and stress" has been jailed for six years and six months, writes Matthew Cooper, PA.

Michael Leydon, 61, claimed he was stressed in the run-up to the offence in 2014 after one of his sons, Christopher Leydon, had himself been arrested on suspicion of rape.

The retired history teacher was found guilty of rape and acquitted of a second charge of the same offence at Worcester Crown Court last month.

The former school governor's trial was told he had been a teacher at a school in Worcester in the 1980s, and had also taught in Redditch and Hereford.

Leydon claimed sex had been consensual, despite sending messages which read: "You said last night that I should have stopped on the night I took advantage of you against your will – believe me I wish I had.

"If I had known what I was doing I would have."

Another message read: "I did something disgusting as a result of drink, tablets and stress."

Leydon's son Christopher, then aged 28, was jailed for seven years in 2017 after being found guilty of child sex offences, including rape.

His father's barrister, Robert Tolhurst, urged Judge James Burbidge QC to take into account the ex-teacher's previous good character and the depression and anxiety he was feeling at the time of the "single, isolated" offence.

Mr Tolhurst told the court: "He respects the verdict of the jury but he continues to maintain his innocence.

"It was clearly a terrible, terrible act but a mistake."

Passing sentence on Leydon, formerly of Diglis, Worcester, but now of Worthing in West Sussex, Judge Burbidge described the offence as inexplicable.

After reading character references handed to the court, including from Leydon's wife and his two sons, the judge accepted that Christopher Leydon's arrest had placed a "significant burden of pressure" on his father.

The judge said of the offence: "In a single moment you lost leave of your senses. It is difficult to comprehend why you did that."

Leydon, who took voluntary retirement from teaching in 2017, showed no emotion but did query what portion of the term he would have to serve in custody.