Leeds rape: Man seen carrying victim is jailed for lifeon February 23, 2022 at 12:36 pm

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Chilling footage of Austin Osayande carrying his victim was released following the attack in Leeds.

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A rapist who carried his victim to a secluded spot before attacking her and telling her he was HIV positive has been jailed for life.

The woman – then aged 24 – was walking to get a taxi home in Leeds city centre when she was targeted by Austin Osayande in August 2015.

Police released CCTV footage after the attack, but he was not caught until he assaulted another woman last year.

He was jailed for life at Leeds Crown Court with a minimum term of 16 years.

Osayande, who is now 40, of Sissons Road, Leeds, had earlier pleaded guilty to one count of sexual assault and one count of rape.

Sentencing him, the judge said he was a “sexual predator” and a danger to women.

The rape victim, who spoke directly to Osayande during his appearance at court, said the attack had led her to “drinking, self-harm and suicide attempts”.

She added that what Osayande had told her after the rape, when he “laughed and said he was HIV positive was mentally and physically harrowing”.

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