July 2017

Coventry man already in jail convicted for rape of a teenager

A Coventry sex offender abducted and abused two 13 and 14-year-old girls – whilst ON BAIL for raping another teen.

Zohair Tomari is facing up to a total of 12 years and nine months behind bars, followed by several more years on licence, after a judge branded him a danger to teenage girls.

The 20-year-old, who is believed to be from Syria, invited his 17-year-old victim and her 15-year-old pal to his flat in August 2014 after befriending them.

Once there, Tomari, of Lady Lane, Longford, plied the older girl with alcohol, before slapping and punching both and pulling out a knife.

He then raped the 17-year-old.

Police bailed Tomari and he then went on to traffic two younger girls, aged 13 and 14, as they walked to a friend’s home in the early hours of the morning in August last year.

The young girls were enticed into the car and plied with drink and cigarettes before being taken to a flat over a pub in Lockhurst Lane, Foleshill.

After being given more alcohol, they were both sexually assaulted by Tomari before being driven back to the city centre where they raised the alarm.

Tomari was found guilty of rape, in relation to the incident involving the 17-year-old girl, at Warwick Crown Court, and jailed for a total of 12 years and nine months for both incidents.

Tomari claimed in the pre-sentence report to be from Morocco, but the court was told he now says he is from Syria, and his barrister Jason Pegg suggested: “He perhaps did not understand the culture of this country.”

But Judge Lockhart retorted: “Behaviour of this nature is abhorred in virtually every civilised country on this earth.”

Sentencing Tomari, and ordering him to register as a sex offender for life, the judge told him: “I am driven to conclude you are dangerous. I can see no end to the danger you pose.”

February 2017

Men who trafficked teens for sex jailed but ‘rapist’ still loose


Two men who trafficked teenage girls who were sexually assaulted have been jailed but a suspected rapist is still on the loose, police say.

Zoaeir Tamari, of Lady Lane, and Lala Gul Utkhel, of Queen Mary’s Road, both Coventry, were found guilty after a seven-day trial.

A 13 and 14-year-old girl were walking to a friend’s house on 26 August when they were offered a lift, police said.

They accepted, were plied with alcohol and sexually assaulted, police said.

“What happened to these young girls could have a devastating impact on them for some time to come,” Det Chief Insp Ian Green, from West Midlands Police’s public protection unit, said.

The driver of the car – a blue Jaguar XJ8 – is still being sought by police for allegedly raping the 13-year-old girl in a flat above a pub.

Walikhan Sultan-Khal, 25, who is known as Sultan, allegedly drove the girls around Coventry after picking them up in the early hours of the morning before taking them to the flat where they were assaulted.


Tamari, 20, was sentenced to four-and-a-half years for human trafficking for the purpose of child sexual exploitation (CSE) and five years for sexual assault to run consecutively.

The West Midlands force said he sexually assaulted both girls.

Utkhel, 27, was jailed for four-and-a-half years for human trafficking for the purpose of CSE.

The victims raised the alarm after they were driven back to the city centre, police said.