A violent rapist who launched a terrifying attack on a young student before beating a brave stranger who came to her rescue is today behind bars – thanks to a selfie.
Shumel Ahmed hid in bushes ready to pounce on the 19-year-old who he subjected to a severe beating before raping her and threatening to kill her as she screamed desperately for help.
It was only thanks to the bravery of another student walking past who rushed to her rescue having heard her “blood-curdling screams” that she was able to get away.
But little did 21-year-old Ahmed know that a selfie he had taken on his own phone would be the key to getting him jailed.
Southampton Crown Court heard how the Southampton University student was walking home from a night out with friends in Southampton when she was grabbed round the neck and dragged backwards into some bushes on Portswood Road, at around 1am, on February 26.