Man posed as cab­bie be­fore rap­ing stu­dent

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

A MAN who posed as a taxi-driver to per­suade a stu­dent to get into his car be­fore rap­ing her has been jailed for nine years.

At­tif Hamid, of Churchill Road in Bordes­ley Green, was found guilty of rape at Birm­ing­ham Crown Court for the March 24 at­tack.

The 39-year-old picked up the stu­dent, who had been cel­e­brat­ing fin­ish­ing her dis­ser­ta­tion in Dig­beth, in the early hours of the morn­ing. She was go­ing to or­der a taxi but was ap­proached by Hamid who of­fered to take her home for £10. The 22-year-old agreed but en route she asked Hamid to stop off at two cash­point ma­chines to get cash to pay him.

The court heard Hamid was an­gered by this and drove to Selly Oak, where he forced the woman to per­form a sex act on him be­fore steal­ing her phone and leav­ing her stranded.

But the vic­tim man­aged to take down the car regis­tra­tion and alert the oc­cu­pants of a nearby house who called po­lice.

Rhy­dian James, from the Crown Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice, said: “At­tif Hamid is a dan­ger­ous sex­ual preda­tor who prowled the streets of the city at night in his un­li­censed taxi look­ing for vul­ner­a­ble women.

“Of­fi­cers iden­ti­fied Hamid’s car as a Toy­ota Cel­ica which led to him be­ing ar­rested at a prop­erty in Bordes­ley Green.

“When he had spot­ted his prey, he ap­proached the vic­tim, of­fered to take her home for a low fee and then drove her to a se­cluded spot where he raped her.”

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