Se­rial rapist’s brother keeps his free­dom

SUS­PENDED SEN­TENCE FOR TRY­ING TO HELP SIB­LING

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A se­rial rapist’s brother who tried to help his sex at­tacker sib­ling “wrig­gle out of ” jus­tice has kept his free­dom.

Uni­ver­sity stu­dent Amer Sharif tried to con­vince a wit­ness that sex of­fender Omar Sharif had been “framed” by one of his vic­tims and got her to make a false state­ment to the po­lice.

New­cas­tle Crown Court heard the 20-year-old per­suaded the woman that his brother had “been set up” by ri­val crim­i­nals who were “jeal­ous” of his drug-deal­ing em­pire.

As a re­sult of his in­ter­ven­tion, the woman did make a “ly­ing state­ment” to the po­lice that one of Omar’s vic­tims had con­fessed that the rape al­le­ga­tion she made against him was un­true and that she had been paid to make it.

But be­fore any real harm was done, the woman re­tracted her state­ment and re­vealed to de­tec­tives that the false ac­count was one she had been asked to pro­vide by the Sharif broth­ers.

Omar Sharif is now re­manded in cus­tody await­ing sen­tence for mul­ti­ple rapes and of­fences linked to his at­tempts to avoid jus­tice.

Uni­ver­sity of Sun­der­land stu­dent Amer Sharif, who was found guilty of try­ing to per­vert the course of jus­tice af­ter a trial, has now been given a sus­pended sen­tence.

Judge Penny Moreland told him: “Ul­ti­mately, the com­plainant’s ev­i­dence was not un­der­mined in the way you and your brother had hoped it would be.

“You were drawn into this by your older brother, in a mis­guided de­sire to help him.”

Judge Moreland said Amer’s of­fences were more than two years ago and he is now “within grasp” of a de­gree that can change his fu­ture.

The judge sen­tenced him to 12 months’ im­pris­on­ment, sus­pended for 18 months, with 150 hours’ un­paid work.

Judge Moreland said she was sat­is­fied Amer, of Brun­ton Ter­race, Sun­der­land, poses “no risk to the pub­lic” but warned him: “There will be no sec­ond chances”.

Jane Fo­ley, de­fend­ing, said Amer got in­volved in a “crude at­tempt to en­cour­age her to pro­vide a false ac­count so Omar would ben­e­fit”.

Miss Fo­ley said Amer was “naive and un­so­phis­ti­cated” and added: “He loved his brother and trusted him, what a mis­take that was.”

Co-ac­cused Mi­la­gros Sanchez had pleaded guilty to al­low­ing her flat at Ch­ester Road, Sun­der­land, to be used for drugs.

The 30-year-old mum claimed she knew peo­ple would take drugs dur­ing par­ties at the flat but de­nied she had seen any deal­ing by Omar Sharif, who was a reg­u­lar guest.

Judge Moreland told her: “I am sat­is­fied you per­mit­ted him to sell the drugs in your premises.”

Sanchez was sen­tenced to a com­mu­nity or­der for 12 months with re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion re­quire­ments.

Omar Sharif, who in­ca­pac­i­tated his vic­tims with drugs, will be sen­tenced on De­cem­ber 19.

The for­mer stu­dent, en­snared vul­ner­a­ble women, who were all in their late teens, with free drugs so he could at­tack them.

The 23-year-old, who is a nephew of mur­dered take­away boss Tipu Sul­tan, was found guilty of rap­ing three women, sex­u­ally as­sault­ing a fourth, sup­ply­ing MDMA to the vic­tims and an of­fence un­der the Pro­ceeds of Crime Act.

He ad­mit­ted charges of 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 pre­vi­ous trial.

Judge Penny Moreland has warned that the the for­mer Northum­bria Uni­ver­sity undergraduate may now be con­sid­ered “dan­ger­ous” and could face an ex­tended prison sen­tence.

Amer Sharif

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