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A man has been sentenced at Harrow Crown Court to four years for blackmailing a young girl into handing over her families’ gold.
Osman Ahmad, 25, a pizza delivery rider of Harlesdon, befriended the 15-year-old girl via Blackberry BBM messaging service in September 2012, using the name ‘Yusuf’.
They made arrangements to meet in a local park on the 6 October 2012.
During their brief meeting Ahmad questioned the victim and asked her if her family had any gold, she didn’t think much of this at the time.
However, over the following two weeks Ahmad consistently contacted the girl, asking about gold.
Ahmad’s questioning turned sinister and he began pushing her to hand over any gold her family had or he would contact them and tell him about their ‘relationship’.
The victim feared that this would shame her family and told no one.
On 9 October 2012 they met up and the girl handed Ahmad the keys to her home.
He went to the address but couldn’t find anything so demanded the girl go and get it herself, which she did but when she came back outside she saw Ahmad being arrested for motoring offences.
The following day (10 September 2012) Ahmad met up with the victim and she handed over the gold.
Over the next week he was given more gold by the victim, claiming he would give it back in a few days.
The victim finally told her mother of the bribery and police were contacted.
Ahmad was arrested and charged in March 2013 following an investigation by detectives from Harrow.
Detective Constable Alex Reeve, Harrow Borough Police, said: “Ahmad knew he could manipulate the victim by threatening to tell her parents of their so-called ‘relationship’.
"He used her fear to control her and make her feel that she had no other option but to do as he said. His only aim was theft and he didn’t care how he achieved this or what damage he was doing to a vulnerable young girl.
"I believe that Ahmad may have done this before and I would urge anyone who recognises his tactics to contact the police on 101 as soon as possible.
"I would like to reassure anyone who may be worried about contacting the police that they will be treated with the utmost sensitivity.”