Elvis Sidaway jailed for sexually assaulting students

14/07/2017

A 54-year-old man has today been jailed for 21 years after he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting five students and been found guilty of raping another victim as well as three charges of threatening another with a knife which relates to the sexual assaults and rape.

The jury heard how Elvis Sidaway, from Edgbaston, carried out a number of sexual assaults on students in the Selly Oak, Edgbaston and Quinton areas of Birmingham between October 2016 and January 2017.

The defendant used a similar modus operandi in each attack, obscuring his face, sometimes wearing a mask, grabbing the victim from behind and then exposing himself to them.

Birmingham Crown Court also heard that during three of the attacks, Sidaway armed himself with a knife in order to threaten the victims and on one of these occasions he raped one of the victims.

Jonathan Kelleher, Senior Crown Prosecutor with West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service's Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit, said: "Elvis Sidaway is a dangerous sexual predator who targeted vulnerable lone females on their way home in the early hours of the morning.

"The defendant took steps to avoid detection and identification, however, after an extensive investigation and working alongside the police, we were able to build a strong case, compelling him to plead guilty to five sexual assaults and convicting him after trial of further serious offences.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the victims who supported the prosecution of this dangerous defendant and helped to bring him to justice."