February 2021

Sarry’s owner jailed for vile sex attack on young female

The owner of the one of Derby’s best-known kebab houses has been jailed for sexually assaulting a University of Derby student.

Waheed Hussain left his young victim feeling “disgusted, ashamed, embarrassed and emotionally numb” after he was convicted him of assault by penetration which took place in his office at the Cheapside food outlet.

By pleading not guilty, the sex attacker obliged his victim to give evidence in court and relive the horrific and degrading experience.

In a moving victim impact statement the woman, in her 20s, said the remaining years of her time studying in the city were ruined by what he did.

She told how Derby became a place that “terrified and disgusted” her after suffering her ordeal at the 48-year-old’s hands.

Jailing Hussain for 21 months, Recorder Paul Mann QC said: “Sarry’s is extremely popular with university students and young people.

“They come in and often you allow them behind the counter, having your photos taken with them and pinning the picture to the wall.

“CCTV of the night in question showed you repeatedly patting and feeling the bottoms and legs of some of those females who you allowed behind the counter.

“But the victim went upstairs with you in a clearly inebriated state and you took advantage of her.

“You took her to the office, she sat on your knee and then you grabbed her and sexually assaulted her.

“She tried to pull away but you held on to her and I have read and heard her victim impact statement.

“You left her feeling betrayed and emotionally-fragile.

“You have clearly been sailing close to the wind, taking advantage of female customers.

“People who run retail businesses have to understand that even though members of the public, particularly young people, may come into the premises and act in certain ways, they cannot be taken advantage of in the way you clearly did.”

A trial at Derby Crown Court heard how the victim went to Sarry’s on May 4, 2017, towards the end of a night out in the city centre.

The defendant, a father-of-two, took her upstairs to show her his office and then sexually assaulted her.

Hussain, of Portland Street, Normanton, denied the charge meaning the victim had to relive her ordeal giving evidence.

But a jury convicted him of assault by penetration.

The victim linked into his sentencing hearing at Nottingham Crown Court via a remote link to find out her attacker’s fate.

Esther Harrison, prosecuting, read out the woman’s victim impact statement.

In it she said: “I lost complete trust and did not want to be alone with any man. I wanted to disappear from existence in the weeks after, I felt emotionally-scarred.

“I had a hollow feeling in my chest. I came to Derby to study and Derby became a place that terrified and disgusted me.

“I felt disgusted, ashamed, embarrassed and emotionally-numb. What happened at Sarry’s was a dark cloud that constantly hung over me for the rest of my time at university.”

Sarry’s, in Cheapside, is hugely well-known in the city and extremely popular with the city’s student population.

In 2017 residents of Cathedral Court at the University of Derby, stuck up scores of Post-it notes spelling out “We heart Sarry’s” to show how much they liked the takeaway.

However, the sex attack is not the first time its owner has been in trouble with the law.

In March 2019 he was convicted at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court of fly-tipping.

That hearing was told how he paid a sidekick £100 per week to remove the garbage from his kebab house.

He said he thought it was being taken to the Raynesway tip but instead it was being dumped in locations between Littleover and Findern.

Over the course of eight months, 139 bags were recovered by South Derbyshire District Council.

But investigators estimated the true number to be nearer 360 bags.

Hussain and the second man were snared because they foolishly left till receipts for Sarry’s in the rubbish.

As well as the jail term, Hussain, also known as Wahid Hussain, was handed a 10-year sexual harm prevention order and was placed on the sex offender register for 10 years.