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University student from Solihull jailed for five years over rape

Editorial Correspondent 26th Oct, 2018 Updated: 26th Oct, 2018

A 20-year-old university student from Solihull who raped a young woman has been jailed for five years.

Steven Christian, of Raddington Drive, Solihull, was convicted following a trial at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.

The court heard the woman had been attacked while visiting Keele University in September last year.

She attended a pub quiz in which Christian was present.

After around 10:30pm she and a group of people were sitting in a kitchen area on the same floor as the bedrooms.

When the rest of the group left the kitchen she said she exchanged kisses with Christian, but told him to stop.

He escorted her back to her room and raped her.

Christian was found guilty of raping a woman 16 years of age or over.

But he was cleared of further charges of rape, sexual assault and sexual assault by penetration on Monday (October 23).

Staffordshire Police detective constable Mick Hall said: “I want to commend the victim for having the courage to come forward and speak out.

“I hope that knowing Christian has now been sentenced will give others who have suffered the strength to come forward.”

Anyone who has suffered sexual abuse, or suspects others may be subject to sexual abuse, is urged to contact police on 101.

Alternatively, the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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