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Steven Davidson guilty of Edinburgh Meadows rape

Steven Davidson

A man has been convicted of raping a student in an Edinburgh park.

Steven Davidson, 24, attacked the 19-year old as she made her way home through the Meadows in November 2014 .

His victim told the court she had fought for her life after Davidson ran up and grabbed her from behind.

Davidson denied the charge but was found guilty at the High Court in Edinburgh. He will be sentenced next month.

The woman had been making her way home just before 07:00 on 15 November 2014 from a party when she was approached from behind by Davidson in the Meadows.

She told the court she passed out and came round to find him lying on top of her. He then raped her.

The alarm was raised by a concerned member of the public who found the victim in the park.

Davidson, from Gorebridge, Midlothian, was arrested after his DNA was identified.

The court was told that when he was taken into custody in December 2014 he started crying and asked a police custody officer to tell his mother he was "sorry for everything I have done".

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Image caption The attack took place in the Meadows area of Edinburgh

The jurors returned their verdict after Davidson admitted another charge of being involved in selling cannabis in various locations in Edinburgh.

Judge Lady Stacey told him he could expect a lengthy prison sentence.

She said: "Given the nature of your previous convictions for drugs and, I have decided to obtain a risk assessment in case you pose a danger to the public. I will defer sentence for reports."

Det Ch Insp Alwyn Bell, from the Edinburgh Public Protection Unit, said: "The despicable acts carried out by Steven Davidson brought tremendous distress to his victim.

"This was a horrendous ordeal for anyone to go through and I hope the judgement passed down by the court today brings some sense of closure to the woman and her family.

"Offences of a sexual nature are among the most abhorrent crimes that can be carried out on someone and we treat all such reports with the utmost seriousness.

"Police Scotland is committed to thoroughly investigating all reports of sexual offences irrespective of when they are carried out."

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