Sex attacker from Sudan blames the ‘immorality’ on display in Newcastle for his violent 20-minute assault on a vulnerable man in the city centre
- Shepherd Zain Osman, 25, said his victim was in ‘consensual activity’ with a man
- Osman put hand down man’s trousers last September during 20 minute attack
- He also pulled down his own trousers and bit the man who fell into roadworks
- Osman has been jailed for 15 months and has to to sign sex offenders register
A Sudanese shepherd claiming asylum in the UK blamed the ‘immorality’ on display in Newcastle city centre for his violent sex attack on a ‘vulnerable’ man, a court heard.
Zain Osman, 25, approached his victim after seeing him engaged in ‘consensual activity’ with a man he met at a bar last September.
Osman put his hand down the victim’s trousers and pulled his own trousers down in the early-morning attack which lasted 20 minutes and saw Osman bite the man and send him tumbling into a roadworks ditch.
The court heard the 26-year-old victim, who has ‘difficulties’, was left with multiple injuries and was extremely traumatised.
Defending, Jamie Adams, said: ‘[Osman] had never experienced the kind of immorality he experienced in coming here and was evident in this particular area of Newcastle.
Zain Osman, 25, attacked a 26-year-old in Newcastle (pictured) in September. He pulled the man’s trousers down, as well as his own, and bit the man who fell into a roadworks’ ditch
Osman, from Newcastle, was jailed for 15 months after admitting sexual assault, must sign the sex offenders’ register for ten years and is subject to a sexual harm prevention order
He came from Sudan, where homosexuality is still a capital offence, although it’s not always enforced.
‘Alcohol is also a pretty serious offence for a Muslim in Sudan.’
Prosecutor Robin Turton pointed out the victim’s conduct has been ‘perfectly lawful and moral’ and he had told Osman he was not interested.
Osman, of Newcastle, who came to the UK in the back of a lorry, was jailed for 15 months at Newcastle Crown Court after admitting sexual assault.
Sentencing him, Judge Jeremy Freedman said: ‘I accept you are now very sorry… and you are a naive uneducated gentleman.
‘Nevertheless, you knew what you were doing was wrong and you must be punished.’
Osman must also sign the sex offenders’ register for ten years and is subject to a sexual harm prevention order.