Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Student 'Preyed' on Teens

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Student 'Preyed' on Teens

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Byline: ROB KENNEDY Court Reporter @ChronicleCourt

A drug dealing student who drove a flash Mercedes allegedly preyed on vulnerable girls after giving them drugs, a court heard.

Omar Sharif, a geography student at Newcastle's Northumbria University, is accused of raping one girl while she was intoxicated and another 17-year-old who was scared of him.

Newcastle Crown Court heard that girl was allegedly later raped by another two men at a party, later telling police she was "smashed out of me face" on drugs.

The jury heard the 22-year-old tried to get others, including his younger brother, to lie for him when police made inquiries into his offending.

Gavin Doig, prosecuting, said Sharif was "no ordinary student" and drove a Mercedes AMG Sport with the personal number plate S23HRF.

He dealt ecstasy and Mkat for money but also to young women who caught his eye, with a view to sexually abusing them, Mr Doig said. The prosecutor added: "He did this either whilst they were intoxicated on the drugs he had given them or when they were so fearful of him, or so dependent on the drugs he provided that he could act, so he thought, with impunity and he treated these teenage girls with complete disrespect."

His first alleged victim was 18 when he sexually assaulted her in a bedroom at student accommodation in Sunderland after he gave her five or six lines of ecstasy, the court heard.

He is also charged with raping a vulnerable 17-year-old at a Travelodge in Sunderland after she sniffed what she told police was a "long line" of the class A drug.

The drug dealer did not ask for payment, Mr Doig said. "Sharif had a motive in mind all right, but it wasn't money," the barrister said.

She did not consent after he pushed her on the bed, telling police she was "off her face", the court heard. Mr Doig said: "She was in no fit state to consent. She is clear that had she been sober, in other words if she had not just been taken class A drugs given to her by Sharif, she would not have had sex with him."

The girl had seen him with weapons and was scared of him so she did not immediately report him to police, Mr Doig said. …

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