A predator who tried to rape a prostitute in Leeds has been jailed – after handing himself in nearly eight years later.
Wesley Walker evaded capture after his terrifying attack on the 20-year-old victim in September 2004.
He even slipped through the net when police got a DNA match following his arrest for an unrelated matter two years later.
But, extraordinarily, he walked into a police station in May last year and owned up to the assault after apparently wanting to clear his conscience.
He was jailed for three years at Leeds Crown Court.
Det Con Tom Eastwood, investigating officer for British Transport Police, said: “Eight long years after he committed the attack he handed himself into police.
“For eight years, the victim of his violent and degrading attack has had to live with the consequences of his actions, knowing her attacker has not been brought to justice.
“Walker’s behaviour and actions were despicable and something no-one should be subjected to.”
Walker, now 28 and of Lingfield Drive in Moortown, approached his victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, on Marshall Street in Holbeck on September 30, 2004.
He took her to a path under a railway arch off Bath Road, where he grabbed and threatened her, before seriously sexually assaulting and attempting to rape her. He bit the victim a number of times on her breasts, buttocks and face during the attack before stealing her phone and fleeing.
Despite forensic analysis, a full area search, witness statements and CCTV footage, the investigation eventually hit a dead end.
In 2006, Walker was found to be a DNA match after being arrested for being drunk and disorderly.
But after offering no comment in interview, the Crown Prosecution Service decided there was insufficient evidence to charge him.
It was not until May 19 that Walker came clean.
Sentencing him the Recorder of Leeds, Judge Peter Collier QC, said Walker had been desperate to own up after speaking to doctors and counsellors. “It is apparent you became very keen to admit this matter,” he added.
Det Con Eastwood added: “What the victim in this case had to endure is absolutely unthinkable.”