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A rapist caught on security cameras walking his victim through Leeds city center minutes before attacking her and then laughing while claiming to be HIV positive has today been sentenced to life in prison.
Austin Osayande, 40, was told he will serve a minimum of 16 years in prison after raping her 24-year-old daughter, grabbing her while she was waiting for a taxi home in 2015.
Leeds Crown Court was told that Osayande “laughed” after attacking the woman, whom he told was HIV positive.
Video from the lead-up to the attack was initially released by West Yorkshire Police as they searched for the predator.
But he managed to evade police detection for the next several years, until he carried out a second attack in September last year while working as a Hermes delivery man.
After delivering a package, he asked to be let in for coffee. When his victim complied, he assaulted her in her own home.
Last month he pleaded guilty to two counts, one of rape and one of s*xual assault, after appearing at Leeds Crown Court via video link from prison.
Today, seven years after the attack, Osayande was sentenced to life in prison.
Judge Guy Kearl QC said: “You are a danger to women, whether they know you or are strangers in situations where you can be alone with them and then force yourself on them.”
‘This danger has continued for at least six years. You pose a high risk of causing serious harm to the women in the audience.
Osayande’s first offense was raping a 24-year-old woman on Mark Lane in the city on August 14, 2015.
Police released images of the attacker shortly afterward in an attempt to identify him.
The victim, whose name cannot be identified for legal reasons, was walking to catch a taxi home after a night on the town when Osayande approached him around 5 a.m.
He told her about her and walked past her before picking her up in her arms and carrying her a short distance to the scene of the attack, West Yorkshire Police said.
Wearing a long black coat and black pants and with a shaved head, he was previously seen on CCTV footage loitering in a parking lot before approaching a woman on the street.
The shocking video was released by detectives investigating the rape in 2015.
Leeds District Crime Chief, Detective Superintendent Pat Twiggs, said at the time: “The footage of the victim being taken away by this man is clearly disturbing.”
“We considered the publication very carefully and obtained the consent of the victim, who was understandably traumatized by what this man did to her.”
“I think CCTV provides a very clear illustration of the very serious nature of this crime and we hope it will focus the public’s attention on helping us identify and track down the man responsible.”
She added: ‘We don’t know if he assaulted her before picking her up. We don’t have that on CCTV and the victim can’t be sure.
“Obviously there was some force during the attack, but there wasn’t much resistance from the victim either.”
He was not caught until September of last year when he committed another s*xual assault.
While working as a delivery man for Hermes, he delivered a package to a woman’s house and said he would be back “for coffee” later.
The victim let him into his house but didn’t make him coffee and didn’t have the confidence to ask him to leave, the court heard.
He then attacked the woman in her own home before chillingly telling her that he would “see her on Saturday.”
Osayande faced trial after being accused of rape in 2015 and s*xual assault of a woman in the city on September 10 last year.
But he pleaded guilty to one count of rape and one count of penetrative s*xual assault at Leeds Crown Court last month.
He will serve two-thirds before he is eligible to appear before the Parole Board, which will decide if it is safe for him to be released.
Osayande will be licensed for the rest of his life and has also been the subject of an indefinite s*xual harm prevention order.
Austin Osayande Quick and Facts
- Video initially released back in 2015 as they hunted for the predator in Leeds
- Seven years on, Austin Osayande, 40, admitted raping the 24-year-old woman
- He also pleaded guilty to s*xually assaulting another woman by penetration
- Today has been jailed for life, with a minimum prison sentence of 16 years