LOCAL — 18 July 2014

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A Harlesden man has been jailed for four years for blackmailing a 15-year-old girl into handing over her family’s jewellery.

Pizza delivery rider Osman Ahmad, 25, befriended the schoolgirl via Blackberry BBM messaging in September 2012 using the name ‘Yusuf’.

Harrow Crown Court heard that after initially meeting her in a local park, Ahmad began to quiz the teenager about what gold her family owned.

A fortnight later his requests got more sinister and he said that if she did not hand over the family’s gold he would contact her family and tell them about their relationship.

The victim feared that this would shame her family and told no one so met with Ahmad and handed him 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.

However, she met Ahmad the following day and handed over the gold and gave him more over the following week with Ahmad claiming he would give it back in a few days.

The victim finally told her mother of the bribery and police were contacted, and he was arrested in March 2013.

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.”

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