Hal­i­fax cabbie in court for al­leged sex as­sault

StarMetro Vancouver - - Metro News | Canada - Kieran Leav­itt

The com­plainant in an­other sex­ual-as­sault trial in­volv­ing a Hal­i­fax taxi driver gave emo­tional tes­ti­mony dur­ing day one at the Nova Sco­tia Supreme Court.

Seyed Mir­saeid-ghazi picked the then 21-year-old woman up in the early hours of Oct 24. 2015. By April 2016, he was ar­rested and charged based on the al­leged events that took place that night.

The com­plainant, whose name is pro­tected un­der a pub­li­ca­tion ban, said Mon­day that she men­tioned to Mir­saei­dg­hazi dur­ing the drive that she was cold.

“He placed his hand on my left leg and was rub­bing it to warm it up,” she said. When she be­came un­com­fort­able, she turned her body away from him. But it went fur­ther, the com­plainant said.

“He put his hand down into my dress to grab my chest,” she said.

She started cry­ing dur­ing her tes­ti­mony as she told the court how he asked her to go get cof­fee with him as they drove past her apart­ment, and asked her to kiss him.

She be­gan to get scared, turned her body away again, and said she re­moved his hand that was on her bare breast. At no time did she give con­sent, she said. She de­cided to call her room­mate at the time, who Metro has de­cided not to name so as to not iden­tify the com­plainant.

The com­plainant put her room­mate on speaker phone, and she said Mir­saeid-ghazi pulled a U-turn to drive her to her apart­ment.

She also said Mir­saeid-ghazi was known to her group of friends as a “friendly” cab driver who they called a hand­ful of times for rides, she said.

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