A court Friday sentenced a man to five years in prison for raping his wife in Britain's first such conviction where a husband lived with his wife at the time of the assault.

The court in Winchester in southern England threw out a defense argument that it was not a crime for a man to force his wife to have sex if he lived with her. The ruling reinforced a legal principle established in Britain last month that men do not have an automatic right to sex within marriage.In the earlier case, a court convicted a man of raping his estranged wife, overturning the principle set down in 1736 that married women are obliged to have sex with their husbands.