Serial Sunderland rapist Omar Sharif named after film icon and who drove personalised Mercedes is jailed for more than 32 YEARS

A serial rapist who incapacitated his victims with drugs has been jailed for more than three decades and branded a public danger.

Wednesday, 19th December 2018, 12:18 pm
Updated Wednesday, 19th December 2018, 14:38 pm
Omar Sharif

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.

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The court heard she was then pinned down onto a bed and sexually assaulted, while she repeatedly told him "no", before she managed to fight him off.Sharif raped a second woman, who he gave MDMA to in a room at the Travelodge in Sunderland and attacked her again at his home.The woman told detectives she had never tried MDMA before she went to the hotel room and added: "I was just sitting there and he asked if I wanted a line."I said no at first."The victim added: "I was going to go with her then she pushed me on the bed. I was stood up and he just pushed me on the bed."The teenager said she thinks nothing was said during the rape attack but added: "I can't really remember, I was off my face."She told detectives she held her hands over her face during the ordeal and that she saw Sharif, who she was "frightened of" after the attack, to get more drugs.He raped her for a second time when she visited him at his home to get a supply.The court heard Sharif raped another victim after giving her drugs at a house she was looking after.The woman told police the details of the attack were "very hazy" but that she was warned afterwards "you mustn't tell anyone".A fourth woman was raped in Sharif's car at a seafront carpark near Seaham.She told detectives she was "frightened" of Sharif, who she owed a drug debt to but was still given a supply from.Sharif was found not guilty of two further rape charges in relation to the same woman.Sharif denied attacking all four women during two trials, which meant his victims had to undergo the ordeal of reliving their horrifying experiences in court, twice.During the first trial, Sharif made up "cold blooded" lies about his murdered uncle Tipu Sultan, who was shot at his takeaway shop in South Shields, dying in his arms so he could gain sympathy from a jury and "wriggle out of" the serious sex and drugs charges he faced.He gave "powerful", but fake, evidence at his trial last year about cradling the 32-year-old, after he was shot and begging "please don't die" as his life ebbed away.He claimed his own life took a "downward spiral" after his traumatic involvement in the tragedy and that his life descended into drug taking and criminal accusations being made against him.The case last year ended before the jury could return any verdicts.Sharif, of Brunton Terrace, Sunderland, admitted an offence of perjury in relation to the "lies, lies, lies" he told at the last trial.Robert Woodcock QC, defending, said Sharif was "substantially younger" when he committed the offences and added: "He is no black cab rapist, he is not part of a team who trawl the streets looking for vulnerable girls to exploit and groom and rape."Mr Woodcock said Sharif's offending was predominantly centred around drug dealing.