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Campus predator who went on a ‘rape tour’ jailed


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A man who toured the country to prey on drunk girls at parties is now behind bars for twelve years.

Tahir Nazir, 40, from Glasgow, targeted women at freshers events across the country.

He rented a car and drove 7,000 miles visiting universities in Aberdeen, Bristol, Cardiff, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Manchester and Oxford.

The court heard how the divorcee had searched online for “high school girls” and “freshers week” as well as “Swansea University Students Union”.

Nazir also surveilled student accommodation, taking 38 images of the Victoria Halls at the University of Manchester.

Police found a fake University of Glasgow student card as well as empty packets of Viagra in his car.

At Manchester Crown Court, Nazir was convicted of trespass with intent to commit an offence, three counts of trespass with intent to commit a sexual offence, sexual assault and attempted rape.

We reported on the unrelated spate of sexual assaults in Cardiff last September.

Nazir was found on top of a drunk female student after breaking in through a window, on 22nd September. He fled the house in Cathays when her friend woke up, but later returned and propositioned the victim and her friend before their other housemates forced him out.

A few weeks later on 1st November, Nazir snuck into New Lawrence student residences in Manchester behind a student. He tried to followed the woman to her bedroom, but she shut the door before Nazir could get in.

He then tried door handles along the corridor, looking for another girl (CCTV image, right). A woman later woke up to a coke-fuelled Nazir licking her neck and “thrusting himself against her”.

Nazir was arrested on 6th November last year, after girls in a shared house in Manchester reported someone was trying door handles.

He was linked to the other crimes by DNA.

Prosecuting, Henry Blackshaw said: ‘Evidence shows him travelling from Scotland down into England, through England and down into Wales. All part of sexually predatory behaviour targeted at university undergraduate females.

“It was not just targeting them in general, but targeting them within [student] accommodation.

“During the dead of night he broke into accommodation using one device or another, and then having done that, on two of the occasions, sexually attacked females who are asleep in their beds.

“Freshers’ week was a time of year when students are full of excitement, getting drunk, no doubt providing easier targets.”

Nazir denied all the allegations, saying he had been invited back to girls’ houses on the first two occasions and was looking for a drug dealer who had ripped him off on the last.

He claimed his trip of university cities was a motoring ‘trip of a lifetime’ around Britain.

Nazir was jailed for twelve years and ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life.

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