Sex fiend went on UK-wide rape tour to prey on university students
THIS is the sex-obsessed Glasgow businessman who travelled 7,000 miles on a rape spree and tried to creep into a university students’ room.
Businessman Tahir Nazir, 40, was today handed a 12 year sentence after a UK-wide “rape tour” where he targeted drunk women enjoying cheap student drink promos.
Nazir abused renowned student events like Freshers Fortnight in a bid to sneak into halls of residence and student digs in the hope to sleep with students who had one too many.
And shocking CCTV shows pervert selecting his prey as he prowled students’ halls late at night – attempting to open doors to women’s rooms.
One victim woke in horror to find a half naked Nazir licking her neck and trying to rape her while naked from the waist down.
In another incident he was seen lying on top of a woman as she lay drunk at student digs in Cardiff.
Nazir – who claims to be managing director of a hospitality and entertainment company – was arrested last November after a group of female undergraduates reported someone trying to open their bedroom doors.
Police found empty packets of Viagra in his car and a fake ID claiming he was student at Glasgow University.
Prosecutors said he had driven 7,000 miles on a tour of university towns Inverness, Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Oxford, Bristol and Cardiff, during which he slept in his car.
But he told a court that he was simply on a motoring trip “of a lifetime”.
However, police claimed Nazir spent long periods of time time surveilling his surroundings to ensure he could snare victims.
He was found with 38 images of Victoria Halls, Manchester, on his mobile phone.
He also carried out internet searches for “high school girls”, “Freshers Week” and “Swansea University Students Union.”
The divorcee would pop Viagra tablets and snort cocaine in a bid to heighten his sexual appetite.
But he was caged for 12 years at at Manchester Crown Court after he was convicted of trespass with intent to commit an offence, sexual assault, attempted rape, and three charges of trespass with intent to commit a sexual offence.
He was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life.
The court heard he had been a student himself in the 1990s but never graduated despite enrolling on business studies or IT degrees at the University of Dundee, University of the West of Scotland at Paisley and the University of Strathclyde.
Henry Blackshaw, prosecuting 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 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.”
In the early hours of September 22 last year a visitor to a shared house in the Cathays student neighbourhood of Cardiff awoke to find Nazir lying on top of her “very drunk” friend after he broke in through a bathroom window.
He and the victim fell out of bed, causing her to bang her head and although he fled the scene, he returned shortly afterwards to pester and proposition the woman and her friend before other housemates forced him to leave.
On November 1 Nazir sneaked into New Lawrence House student halls in Hulme Manchester behind one of the students. He tried to follow her as she staggered towards her room, but she shut the door before he could get in.
He then stalked the corridors, trying doors, in search of another victim. Shortly afterwards a young woman woke up to find cocaine-fuelled Nazir licking her neck, naked from the waist down and “thrusting himself against her.”
He was forced out of the room, but he tried to get into other rooms in what prosecutors said was a “sexually frustrated and aroused state.” Nazir’s was arrested on November 6 last year after girls in a shared house in Fallowfield reported someone was trying the doors to their room, and began texting and Facebook messaging each other about it at 4.40am. He was linked to the other offences by DNA.
Nazir denied all the allegations in the trial, saying he had been invited back to the halls by female students in Cardiff and Hulme, and that he was looking for a drug dealer who had ripped him off in Fallowfield.
He claimed his tour of Britain was a motoring “trip of a lifetime” saying he loved driving and was “inspired by Gothic architecture”. He said he had fake university ID for getting discounts, and used Viagra to give him “energy”‘ for clubbing.
But Det Con Matt Gregory of Greater Manchester Police said: “Not only did Tahir Nazir commit these horrendous offences against his victims but he did it in one of the most intrusive ways possible by attacking them in their own home.
“Nobody should have to worry about being attacked when they are in the sanctity of their own home, they should feel safe and comfortable.
“I hope the sentence passed today will give his victims some sort of comfort knowing that Nazir is off the streets and will spend the next 12 years in prison where he won’t be able to hurt anybody like this. I would like to pay tribute to them for the courage they have shown in assisting these investigations; today’s result belongs to them.”