'Dangerous' man sentenced to seven years for series of sexual assaults on women

14 March 2020, 16:47 | Updated: 14 March 2020, 16:49

Osman Saeed has been jailed for seven years for sexually assaulting three women
Osman Saeed has been jailed for seven years for sexually assaulting three women. Picture: Met Police
Nick Hardinges

By Nick Hardinges

A "dangerous" man has been jailed for seven years for luring women to "photoshoots" then plying them with alcohol and sexually assaulting them.

Osman Saeed, 42 and of Woodchurch Road in West Hampstead, London, was sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday.

He was found guilty of false imprisonment, common assault and three counts of sexual assault by touching.

The assaults dated between 2012 and 2018, the court heard.

Saeed would lure women to his home under the illusion they would be involved in a photoshoot. When they arrived he would get them drunk so that he could sexually assault them.

The investigating officer Detective Constable Scott Sellars said: "Saeed committed these offences over the course of a number of years, and when finally put before the court his decision to plead not guilty, despite the substantial evidence against him, meant that the victims had to experience the trauma of reliving these events once again.

“Saeed is a danger to young women and I am pleased that he is now off the streets and will be monitored and subject to a court order to prevent him being able to harm anyone else.

“I want to thank the brave victims in this case, each of whom gave evidence during the trial because they wanted to protect other women from the suspect, with one even returning to the UK from her home country purely for the trial.”

Saeed was arrested on Woodchurch Road in West Hampstead
Saeed was arrested on Woodchurch Road in West Hampstead. Picture: Google

The first of the attacks took place in 2012 when the victim replied to an advert for a photoshoot on a website which had been posted by someone using the profile name ‘Darwaysh Onhisown’.

It was established that this profile was being used by Saeed.

When the victim arrived at the property, Saeed had screens, cameras and lights all set up in the living area and he began taking photos.

He told her that all his clients drunk alcohol during the shoots to help them relax. He then encouraged her to drink, but she initially refused, before accepting some wine. Soon after she "blacked out".

When she awoke she was in her underwear and on a bed, with Saeed taking pictures of her. He then started touching her, before she regained her senses, got off the bed and left the flat.

Saeed was sentenced for three counts of sexual assault
Saeed was sentenced for three counts of sexual assault. Picture: Met Police

The next incident was in 2014 and occurred when a second woman was using a website for actors and photographers.

She was contacted by Saeed and went to his home in West Hampstead. He offered her a drink and the victim told the police she quickly passed out.

When she woke up she saw that her attacker was naked and touching her legs. She pretended to be drunk and asked to go to the toilet, before running to the door and fleeing the scene.

The final incident was on Thursday, 22 February 2018. Police were called at 00:45 to his Woodchurch Road property after neighbours heard an argument coming from the flat.

Officers who attended head a woman crying and a male voice saying something along the lines of, "I will let you go now."

The officers entered the flat to find Saeed and a distressed, intoxicated woman.

Because of her condition, the woman was taken to hospital where she told police she had responded to an offer of a photoshoot.

She added that Saeed had pushed her and climbed on top of her and would not allow her to leave.

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