‘Sadist’ kidnappers brutally tortured student and robbed him of life savings

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"Sadistic" kidnappers tortured a student and robbed him of his life savings.

Zakariya Osman, 25, and Harris Saqib, 24, both of no fixed address, stubbed cigarettes out on the 21-year-old's body, threatened to murder him and forced him to hand over almost £15,000 during the "chilling" 22-hour ordeal.

Leeds Crown Court heard they even force-fed the victim, who has not been named, tablets, vodka and forced him to smoke cannabis.

Osman and Saqib were handed sentences totalling 50 years on Friday after pleading guilty to kidnap and robbery.

The judge who sentenced the pair described the incident as "a chilling crime".

The court was told the victim had moved to Leeds to study a month before the abduction on October 17, 2019.

Carmel Pearson, prosecuting, said the victim left a nightclub after becoming separated from his friends at about 3am.

Osman, Saqib and another man were in a car nearby and lured him into the vehicle before forcing him to hand over his bank card and pin number.

He was punched repeatedly after attempts were made to withdraw money from a cash machine and the pin number did not work.

Ms Pearson said the attacks became more sadistic as he was kept in the car for around 22 hours.

They ordered him to ring his bank and transfer around £10,000.

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Ms Pearson said: "Because of the large amount of money he was asked many questions by people at the bank and it was a slow process.

"He was nervous that the bank would sense the tension in his voice on the telephone.

"The whole time he was attacked and forced to persuade the bank of the legitimacy of the transfers."

A further £4,810 was transferred to the defendants' accounts.

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Osman also told the victim he would "take this to an M" – understood to mean he was going to be murdered.

The victim was allowed to leave the car without any money or his mobile phone at 1am the following morning.

The student described in a statement to the court how he had been left permanently scarred from the injuries.

The prosecutor said: "He had to leave university and Leeds despite attempting to carry on as normal.

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"He found the stress and pressure of being in Leeds and his studies overwhelming."

Osman also pleaded guilty to two further offences of robbery.

Osman was jailed for 30 years. while Saqib was given 20 years.

Judge Bayliss said: "All robberies are serious but the robbery and kidnap of (the student) is a chilling crime.

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"It was committed against a young man whose life has been changed by your actions.

"Changed to the extent that his university degree course has had to be abandoned, changed to the extent that he will never be able to walk the streets with any confidence any more.

"What he went through was unimaginable.

"You caused serious physical and psychological harm to your victim."

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