Leeds taxi driver jailed for revolting rape of sleeping passenger

Wed, 09/01/2013 - 18:30
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A cab driver who took a passenger to an isolated location before raping her in a “revolting attack” has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years.

Married Mohammed Shahin picked up the 20-year-old in the centre of Leeds after she had been on a night out but then drove her to a desolated area.
The petrified woman, who had fallen asleep on the journey, awoke to find Shahin, 28, assaulting her.

After raping her, he then calmly dropped her off near to her home.
Police said after picking her up Shahin had disabled his GPS tracking system that would have allowed his taxi firm to monitor his movements, hence suggesting he had menacing intentions from the beginning.

Det Chief Insp Scott Wood, of West Yorkshire Police’s homicide and major inquiry team, said: “Shahin abused of his position as a private hire driver to take advantage of a vulnerable woman and we are pleased to see him behind bars for the extremely serious crimes he committed.

“He subjected his victim to a sickening attack and we would like to give credit to her bravery in the way she dealt with the situation and assisted the police in bringing Shahin to justice.”

Shahin, of Fitzroy Road, Bradford, was on his way to pick up a pre-booked fare when he arrived in Leeds city centre in the early hours of Sunday, September 30 2012.

However, he targeted the girl after she hailed him on Duncan Street.
His office then attempted to communicate with him to find out where he was, but his communication system was switched off
Shahin originally told police his car was being driven by someone else on the night of the attack.

He then admitted having sex with the woman, but claimed she had consented.
But when he appeared at Nottingham Crown Court he pleaded guilty to rape.

Shahin will be supposedly deported to his home country of Bangladesh after serving his sentence.

Meanwhile, Police have released an efit of a man after a woman was sexually assaulted while walking her dog in Chadderton,Oldham, Greater Manchester.

It happened at about 5.30pm on Thursday 27 December 2012, while the 61-year-old victim was out walking her dog in Chadderton Hall Park.

She was approached by a teenager who asked her to shine a torch on his bike so that he could fix his chain.
She waited while he fixed his chain and walked off. He grabbed her arm and sexually assaulted her.

The victim started to scream and her attacker ran off. The bike was dark coloured with a rusty chain and cog.
The man is described as Asian, aged between 15 and 17-years old, about 5ft 5in tall, of slim build with very short dark hair with a long fringe.
He wore a light grey hooded top with the hood up, dark tracksuit bottoms and trainers. He spoke with a local accent.

Police Constable Sharon Harper from Chadderton Police Station, said: “The victim has been left very shaken up by this incident and has been spoken to by specially trained officers.

“I would urge anyone who witnessed the assault to come forward, and if you recognise the man in the efit, please contact the police with any information as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police at Chadderton on 101 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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