January 2021: Seen in Newtongrange

February 2016

‘Despicable’ rapist who attacked student as she walked home from a party in Edinburgh is jailed for six years

A man who raped a student as she walked home from a party has been jailed for six years.

Steven Davidson, 24, targeted the lone female as she made her way across in the Meadows in Edinburgh in the early hours of the morning.

The “despicable” attack happened on November 15, 2014 when Davidson grabbed the 19-year-old from behind and forced her to the ground.

He ran off during a struggle but was later traced and linked to the rape by DNA evidence.

The victim said: “I could not speak or breathe. I started to fight. It was a struggle for life.”

She said her attacker choked her again and she passed out. When she came round he was attacking her.

Davidson, from Newtongrange, Midlothian, was arrested by officers a month after the attack.

Convicted at the High Court in Edinburgh on January 20, he has been sentenced to six years in prison and placed on the sex offenders’ register.