Sunderland rapist made almost £70,000 selling drugs - but ordered to hand over just £218

A serial rapist serving 32-and-a-half years behind bars made almost £70,000 by dealing drugs he used to incapacitate his victims - but has now been left penniless.

Tuesday, 11th June 2019, 11:50 am
Updated Tuesday, 16th July 2019, 12:57 pm
Omar Sharif.

University student Omar Sharif, who was named after the film icon, drove a Mercedes sports car with personalised plate and had been commended for charity work, ensnared vulnerable women, who were all in their late teens, with free drugs so he could attack them.

The dangerous ‘predator’ also ran a ‘busy drug dealing business’, which a judge ruled earned him £68,442 in cash.

During a hearing at Newcastle Crown Court, which Sharif did not attend, prosecutors seized the £218 in cash that police recovered after his arrest, which was the only remaining asset he had.

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If Sharif does not sign the cash over to the police, he faces a further 28 days behind bars.

Prosecutor Gavin Doig told the court: "The defendant benefited from crime to the tune of £68,442.

“The available amount is assessed as being £218.

"Accordingly, we seek to make a confiscation order in that sum.

"That is money that is already in the possession of the police."

Mr Recorder Jacques Algazy QC said: "I make the order you seek."

The judge said the money must be paid over within three months or Sharif faces a further 28 days in prison.

Last October, jurors found 24-year-old Sharif, who is a nephew of murdered takeaway boss Tipu Sultan, guilty of raping three women, sexually assaulting a fourth, supplying MDMA to the victims and an offence under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Sharif, had admitted drug supply charges as well as perverting justice and perjury in relation to lies he told about being at the scene of his uncle's murder, while giving evidence at a pervious trial.

Judge Penny Moreland said at the time that the former Northumbria University undergraduate, who was on track for a first class degree in Geography is a public danger and branded him a "sexual predator".

Judge Moreland told him at the sentence hearing: "I have formed the view that you are a sexual predator.”