“Nazmul and Selim Ahmed are predatory offenders"
Two brothers have been convicted after they targeted women on nights out before carrying out sexual assaults.
Nazmul Ahmed, aged 26, and Selim Ahmed, aged 32, both of Camden, were found guilty following separate trials at Wood Green Crown Court in early 2020.
The brothers had carried out sex attacks on four women, all in their 20s.
On September 15, 2018, a woman was out with friends when she was approached by men in a car on Russell Square.
She got into the vehicle and fell asleep. She woke to find Nazmul sexually assaulting her. The woman was then driven home. She reported the matter to police and an investigation was launched.
On March 2, 2019, another woman woke up after a night out to find herself in a hotel room on Bedford Place.
She was alone and had no memory of the previous evening. Her phone and bank cards were missing and she later discovered that money had been withdrawn from her account.
It was revealed that she had been raped by a man later identified as Nazmul Ahmed. He had also defrauded her of around £3,000 with the help of his partner at the time, Dora Vavrova.
On March 27, 2019, a woman accepted a lift home from Nazmul after leaving a bar in Shoreditch.
After getting into the front passenger seat, she fell asleep and woke up to find him sexually assaulting her. He later dropped her off at her home, where she realised he had taken money from her bank account.
The police were informed and he was arrested the next day after identifying him through CCTV, bank enquiries and forensic results.
He was linked to the two previous offences.
Police later identified that his brother Selim was responsible for a similar attack on January 27, 2019.
A woman was waiting for a bus at around 12:25 am when Selim approached her in a car. He claimed to be a taxi driver and said that he could take her home.
A passenger named Levi Croll reassured her this was the case. She then got into the car.
She was then driven around residential streets while Selim tried to obtain money from her bank account. He sexually assaulted her when they briefly exited the vehicle.
Selim was arrested at his home address on June 19, 2019, and later charged.
On February 13, 2020, Nazmul was convicted of rape, two counts of assault by penetration, one count of theft, one count of fraud and one count of money laundering.
At the same trial, Dora Vavrova, aged 26, of Dundee, was found guilty of fraud by false representation and acquiring criminal property.
On May 1, 2020, she was sentenced to a community order with an unpaid work requirement of 140 hours.
On March 12, Selim was found guilty of one count of kidnap and one count of sexual assault. He had previously pleaded guilty to using a bank card stolen by his brother in the Bedford Place offence.
Levi Croll, aged 19, of Euston, was also found guilty of one count of kidnap.
Detective Inspector Louise Caveen, from the Met’s Central North safeguarding team, led the investigation. She said:
“Nazmul and Selim Ahmed are predatory offenders who have deliberately targeted vulnerable women to sexually assault and defraud them.
“Through a large scale and detailed investigation, my team were able to link the Ahmeds to this pattern of behaviour, which they continued to deny in the face of overwhelming evidence.
“Thankfully my team were able to prove their involvement beyond doubt.
“We continue to investigate whether they have committed other offences.”
“I would like to thank the four women who gave evidence in these cases and I hope that the sentences passed will be of some comfort to them, as well as ensuring other members of the public are protected from these men.
“My officers are trained to give specialist support to victims of sexual offences and I would urge anyone who has been the victim of such behaviour to come forward and speak to us.”
On May 1, Nazmul, who was described as a “ruthless and callous serial sex offender“, was jailed for 16 years with an extended period of four years on licence. He will be on the sex offenders’ register for life.
Selim and Croll will be sentenced on May 22.