November 2016

Merseyside man jailed for modern slavery and sex offences

A 29-year-old man has been jailed for a series of crimes including modern slavery.

Steven Walsh was sentenced to seven years for a spate of offences that also included sexual assault.

Merseyside Police today highlighted the sentence as a warning for those who “prey on the vulnerable within our community”.

Walsh, of no fixed address but originally from Knowsley, was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court this morning.

He had pleaded guilty to modern slavery, two counts of sexual assault, assault with intent to resist arrest and possession of prohibited items in prison.

Following the sentencing, Merseyside Police praised the courage of the victim for their role in supporting the investigation.

Detective Chief Inspector Julie Milburn said: “I would like to salute the bravery of the victim in this case. I hope that this sentence will help them in recovering from his crimes.

“Walsh has been removed from our community and prevented from causing further harm. His sentence should be seen as a warning to those that will prey on the vulnerable within our community.