Updated: Dec 4, 2022
A delivery driver posing as a taxi driver has been jailed for nine and a half years today for the rape of a woman in Liverpool.
Hameed Naderi, 30, pleaded guilty at Liverpool Crown Court and was sentenced to nine and half years in prison. The judge also made an order of an extended licence (probation) for five years, a deportation order, and lifetime conditions on the Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
The court heard that on Saturday 29 February 2020, the victim in her 20s, who can't be named for legal reasons, was drinking with friends in Concert Square when her next recollection of the evening was waking up in bed to find Naderi raping her. Despite her pleas to stop, he continued.
The courts heard how Naderi picked the ‘completely intoxicated’ victim up in his silver Ford Fiesta on Lime Street after having "led her to believe or allowed her to believe" that he was in fact a taxi driver.
Upon sentencing the judge said that in his opinion the defendant abducted the victim, and that he inflicted a prolonged assault on the victim.
Detective Inspector Leanne Toole said: “I would like to praise the courage and dignity shown by the victim throughout the investigation. Today’s results shows that violence against women and girls will simply not be tolerated and we will work tirelessly to bring perpetrators to justice.
“We are committed to protecting victims of sexual offences, and anyone who reports an incident to us will be safeguarded and supported throughout the investigation by Specially Trained Officers and Sexual Violence Advocates who will provide all the relevant support.
“Anyone that has been a victim of a sexual offence, is concerned for the safety of someone they know or suspects someone to be engaging in this criminal activity, should come forward and speak to us.
“We have a team of dedicated staff who will expertly and compassionately deal with your reports and we will do everything we can to bring offenders to justice.”
The officer in charge of the Investigation DC Matt Rimmer added: “While no sentence will repair the damage that Hameed Naderi inflicted his victim that night, I hope today’s sentencing will not only provide her with justice, but also encourage other victims to come forward and have the confidence in us as a police force to take reports seriously and ultimately ensure offenders are put before the courts.”