Student kidnapped and tortured for life savings by vile criminal gang

25-year-old Zakariya Osman and 24-year-old Harris Saqib have been caged for thirty and twenty years respectively after pleading guilty to a kidnapping and robbery plot that saw a Leeds student tortured over a 22 hour period.

The vile criminals force-fed the student vodka and tablets while stubbing out cigarettes on him as they forced him to contact financial institutions and hand over thousands of pounds of life savings.


He was captured by the disgusting pair after a night out on the town in October 2019. He became separated from his friends around 3am and was lured into a car by Osman and an accomplice, punching him repeatedly after an attempt to steal his cash through an ATM machine failed.

They then forced him to contact financial institutions in a bid to empty out his bank accounts and ISA. Osman, branded the “craziest of them all”, warned his victim that he was prepared to “take this to an M” – understood to be a reference to murder.

The gang also claimed they knew where the victim lived and would mete out more vile abuse if he reported what had happened.

Prosecutor Carmel Pearson said: “Because of the large amount of money he was asked many questions by people at the bank and it was a slow process.

“He was nervous that the bank would sense the tension in his voice on the telephone.

“The whole time he was attacked and forced to persuade the bank of the legitimacy of the transfers.”

Nearly £5000 was sucked out of his accounts before the banks put a halt to the transfers.

He was released by the gang at 1am the following morning, and was treated for burns and bruises to his face at hospital.


“He had to leave university and Leeds despite attempting to carry on as normal” said Pearson. “He found the stress and pressure of being in Leeds and his studies overwhelming.”

Passing sentence, Judge Tom Bayliss QC said: “All robberies are serious but the robbery and kidnap of (the student) is a chilling crime.

“It was committed against a young man whose life has been changed by your actions.

“Changed to the extent that his university degree course has had to be abandoned, changed to the extent that he will never be able to walk the streets with any confidence any more.

“What he went through was unimaginable.

“You caused serious physical and psychological harm to your victim.”

The incident is yet another instance of horrific criminal violence being carried out in England Labour-run major cities.

This site reported last month on a brutal machete gang slaying in Sadiq Khan’s London.

Sick killer Rahiem Anderson, now 18, bragged about his vile crime to fellow inmates at the Cookham Wood Young Offenders’ Institution.

“The machete got stuck in his head…” he said, “yeah, the blood splashed on my face. When I pulled the knife out of his head, the blood was a mad thing. Then I shanked him again. It was funny, my man was laughing.”