How a Birmingham woman helped put rapist Steven Walker in jail

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The woman was out with friends on a Saturday in November 2019 where Steven Walker is believed to have approached her

A woman, raped by a man who approached her in a Birmingham pub, has shared her story. The woman was out with friends on a Saturday in November 2019 where Steven Walker is believed to have approached her.

The next memory she has, is of waking up the next day in a strange flat, unclothed, with Walker sexually assaulting her. West Midlands Police said that she left Walker’s flat and called her friends who encouraged her to report what had happened. With their support she took the brave step in reporting it to the police and medical professionals.

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Steven Walker, aged 43, was arrested at his flat in Quinton Lane, Birmingham a few days later where he also admitted to having sex with the victim through the night.

“Thanks to the bravery of the woman and the evidence that was gathered which included CCTV showing Walker leading the victim out of the pub, we were able to prove that she had been raped and secured a conviction,” said West Midlands Police.

Steven Walker was jailed at Birmingham Crown Court on November 23, 2022 for nine years six months for three counts of rape, four years for being a dangerous offender and he will be placed on the sex offender register for life.

Steven Walker (Photo - West Midlands Police)Steven Walker (Photo - West Midlands Police)
Steven Walker (Photo - West Midlands Police) | West Midlands Police

The investigating officer Detective Constable Maria Watts, from West Midlands Police, said: “I’d like to thank the woman for coming forward and telling us about what happened to her. With her friends support she felt strong enough to come forward and because of her actions we have been able to take a sexual predator off the streets.

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“The woman has said that she can now move on with her life knowing that she helped prevent this happening to anyone else.

“We work hard at West Midlands Police to ensure that women and girls can feel safe when they are out on a night out. This includes working with agencies to ensure that people can get home safely or by working with night time venues, where staff are informed of what signs to look out for.

“We will always believe victims and would say to anyone who is a victim of this type of crime to have the courage to come forward. We will believe you, we will investigate your crime and we will work with you.”

Staying safe

With the run up to Christmas and more people out and about enjoying nights out with friends or at work functions it’s important to look out for each other. West Midlands Police have two websites that has lots of information on how to stay safe on a night out and how to report any suspicious behaviour.

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