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Man sentenced for historic sex assault from 1983

  • Keith Walker met his victim at their place of work in 1983
  • The offence was first reported in October 2016, 35 years after the incident took place
  • Walker was sentenced to 240 hours of unpaid work and £5000 costs on 8 January 2019

A man has been found guilty of indecent assault, 35 years after the crime, following an investigation by the City of London Police.

Keith Walker, 70, of Princes Street, Spalding, Lincolnshire, was sentenced to 240 hours of unpaid work and £5000 costs on 8 January 2019 after a five day trial at Inner London Crown Court in October 2018.

After three days of deliberating the jury delivered a hung verdict on the charge of rape, but found Walker guilty of indecent assault. This was the second time a court had heard this case following another hung jury verdict six months before. 

Harassment at work

The court heard how Walker first met the victim at their workplace on Queen Victoria Street, London, where he was a senior member of staff.

Whilst working together, Walker asked her many inappropriate sexual questions before one day instructing her to go and clean his office. It was then he followed her into the room and sexually assaulted her.

 

The victim visited a Social Security office near her home to inform them she had left her post due to being sexually harassed by her boss. They contacted Walker who offered to pay her five weeks salary on the basis she would return to work following the “misunderstanding”.

The victim refused the money and did not return.

The offence was reported to the City of London Police in October 2016 and officers arrested Walker at his home address on 18 October 2016.

Detective Constable Deborah O’Loughlin-Whitby, the lead officer on the case, said:

“The City of London Police would like to commend the victim’s bravery for reporting this crime from 35 years ago. Our investigation and the subsequent conviction shows that these cases can be looked into and taken to court even if they are not recent.

“We are dedicated to protecting victims and all information from victims will be treated with confidence. Full support is available from the Public Protection Unit at the City of London Police for those who have experienced crimes of this nature, no matter how long ago.”

Detective Inspector Anna Rice, head of the City of London Police Public Protection Unit, said:

“A guilty verdict in this case is a positive result for the victim, however we will be working with the CPS and the victim to consider opportunities to appeal the sentence.

"I would like to praise the tenacity and dedication of DC O’Loughlin-Whitby which was integral in getting the case this far and the support she has provided to the victim.

“We are proud to deliver an exceptional policing service and we continue to encourage those that have been a victim of sexual crime to come forward and report.”

If you have been a victim of rape or sexual assault, details of the support available to you can be found on our website.


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