CCTV footage shows unconscious woman carried across city centre road minutes before being raped
The 25-year-old woman allowed the video to be released as police continue the hunt for her alleged attacker
Published 24/08/2015 | 17:02
POLICE in the UK have praised a rape victim's courage after she permitted the release of CCTV footage of her being carried almost unconscious by her alleged attacker.
The short clip, issued by West Midlands Police in a bid to track down 25-year-old woman's attacker, shows a man in a red tee-shirt and blue jeans carrying her across a road in Birmingham city centre.
As part of the investigation we also released an image of a witness believed to have dwarfism and called Kevin. pic.twitter.com/YAOcft8f8N— West Midlands Police (@WMPolice) August 24, 2015
At one point the man shifts his grip on the woman's body and her left arm swings limply from side to side, in a stark indication of how incapacitated she was at the time.
Just minutes later she was raped.
Detective Constable Danette Calvey said: "It must be remembered that this woman has been attacked and that she has displayed remarkable courage by allowing us to release the footage.
"She hopes that these new images may jog someone's memory and that their call may make the difference to her attacker being caught or left to roam the streets.
"I implore people to take a good look at the CCTV and focus on the man."
The CCTV footage was taken as the man carried the woman across Tennant Street in central Birmingham on October 19 last year.
Officers had previously put out an image of a key witness, believed to have dwarfism and known only as Kevin, who left the Walkabout bar on Broad Street with the complainant at 4am.
Police said the pair walked towards Granville Street, where the suspect - described as a black man - spoke to Kevin and scooped the woman into his arms, leaving Kevin alone.
A short time later a report was made to the police when a member of the public found the woman in a highly distressed state.
Det Con Calvey said: "Do you recognise him? Were you in the area around the time of the attack?
"I appreciate it was a long time ago but the situation will have looked very odd and will undoubtedly have stayed with you.
"I would also appeal to the man in the footage to call me. Please, come forward now. This is your chance to explain."
Det Con Calvey said that police are still looking for Kevin, who is believed to be a white man, with dwarfism, in his 20s, with short dark hair.
Police have carried out house-to-house inquiries, looked through hours of CCTV footage from cameras across Birmingham and secured forensic evidence as part of their investigation.