A private hire driver has been suspended and will appear in court after rape allegations were made against him by a 16-year-old girl. Glasgow City Council suspended the suspects licence following a complaint from Police Scotland.
The suspension of his licence was recommended by Chief Constable Iain Livingstone on the grounds of not being a "fit and proper person to hold a licence." The alleged incident was said to of occurred late on Friday, April 5 or in the early hours of Saturday, April 6. As reported by the Daily Record, a police representative told licensing chiefs the man is accused of driving the girl to a "secluded spot" in the city before raping her.
She said if he was allowed to continue driving a private hire vehicle he was "likely to cause serious threat to public safety." It was confirmed that the alleged rapist has been charged under the Sexual Offences Act and appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court on April 10.
He was released on bail after he was committed for further examination. Councillors on the licensing committee made no comment on the case as it is sub judice. The man has had both his private hire vehicle and private hire driver's licence suspended for six weeks immediately after the alleged incident which has now been extended by the licensing authority while there are ongoing investigations.
Currently, no dates have been set for future court appearances.
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