A private hire driver who sexually assaulted a woman hours after his licence expired has been told by his victim “you are a predator and a disgrace of a human being.”
Mohammed Tahir picked up his 33-year-old victim in Bootle, Liverpool, after she attended a night out with her friends drinking.
Tahir drove the woman to the city centre where she was hoping to meet back up with her friends but its believed she fell asleep during the short trip.
Tahir then drove his victim to a secluded spot and attacked her. The court heard that he spent two and half hours driving around looking for a quiet area before ending up Netherton.
Once stopped, the court heard that he need climbed into the back seat and sexually assaulted her.
Tahir had a short term private hire licence that expired at midnight December 26 2017. The attack took place during the early hours of December 27.
Sarah Holt, prosecuting, said that although Tahir didn’t have any previous convictions, concerns had been raised about him being in the company of young females in 2015.
Jailing Tahir for 12 years, judge Andrew Menary QC said: “at a time she(the victim) was completely helpless in the early hours of the morning.
“The case involves a degree of abduction or at least prolonged detention. You had realised she was sufficiently affected by drink or tiredness or a combination of both and was not in a fit state to look after herself and you took advantage of that.”
On top of his 12-year jail sentence, Tahir was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life and had an Indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order imposed on him, banning him from ever working as a private hire driver or as a person transporting females.
The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, stood up in court and confronted her attacker.
She told him that her life had “been turned upside down” and feels “a shell” of her former self. She added: “I cannot remember much, but waking up the next morning I had flashbacks and I knew I had been assaulted. I couldn’t breathe and was crying.”
She was told by the police that she couldn’t wash until evidence was taken but she said as soon as she was able to, she scrubbed her skin “until it was red raw.”
The Liverpool Echo also confirmed that she was also put on medication in case she had been exposed to HIV and spent the next six months not knowing if she had contracted the life limiting disease.
Tahir, of Sunnyside, Toxteth, was cleared of rape but was convicted, after two trials, of assault by penetration.
The court heard that he will also be deported once he has completed serving his sentence.
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