Halifax cabbie in court for alleged sex assault
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.