Man GUILTY Of Edinburgh Meadows Rape

20 January 2016, 17:28 | Updated: 30 March 2016, 13:50

Steven Davidson

A man who grabbed a teenager girl, shoved her to the ground in an Edinburgh park before raping her has been convicted.

Steven Davidson attacked the 19 year old in the Meadows back in 2014.

She was on her way home from a party when it happened.

Davidson then ran off towards the Summerhall area.

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

Police Scotland's Public Protection Unit in Edinburgh launched a major investigation that led to the eventual arrest of Davidson on 21st December 2014.

He will be sentenced next month.

Detective Chief Inspector 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.

"I want to stress that there is no time limit for reporting crime, particularly those of a sexual nature, and we work closely with all partner agencies to ensure people receive the support they need, when they need it."