Invited by the University of Birmingham Conservatives, controversial backbench MP Jacob Rees-Mogg visited campus on Friday 9th March, speaking about his views on free speech, housing, mental health, Russia and tuition fees to a packed lecture theatre of around 300 students.Written by Erin Santillo & John Wimperis on 16th March 2018
Selly Oak Attacker Jailed
Elvis Sidaway has been imprisoned for 21 years after being found guilty of rape
The man who committed the assaults on young women in Selly Oak, Edgbaston and Quniton between November and January of the last academic year has been jailed for 21 years after trial at Birmingham Crown Court.
53-year-old Sidaway attacked young women whilst wearing a gorilla mask in the Selly Oak area and in some cases threatened victims with a knife.
He had previously admitted sexually assaulting five students as well as three charges of threatening another with a knife. The Edgbaston man has now been found guilty of rape and possessing a knife.
Jonathan Kelleher, senior crown prosecutor with the West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service said: ‘Elvis Sidaway is a dangerous sexual predator who targeted vulnerable lone females on their way home in the early hours of the morning.’
Det Sgt Laura Harrison said that she hoped ‘this will reassure his victims and the wider student population that a dangerous man is no longer a threat to them’.
In addition to his lengthy prison sentence, Sidaway will also remain on the sex offenders register indefinitely.