Rapist pre­tended to be a taxi driver

Fake cab­bie tar­geted woman leav­ing party

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Danya Bazaraa danya.bazaraa@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A MAN who posed as a taxi driver be­fore driv­ing a woman to Uxbridge and rap­ing her has been con­victed.

Fol­low­ing a re-trial, Ali Moaber­fard, 39, of Mad­in­g­ley Court, Bar­net, was found guilty of the rape of a 31-year-old woman on May 5 2012.

He was con­victed at Black­fri­ars Crown Court on Au­gust 11 and will be sen­tenced on Oc­to­ber 2.

Po­lice said that on the night of May 4 2012, the vic­tim had been at a party in Not­ting Hill and took what she thought was a ‘cab’ to get home.

The car was driven by Moaber­fard and, in­stead of tak­ing her home, he took the vul­ner­a­ble woman to an ad­dress in Uxbridge, where the vic­tim awoke to find him at­tack­ing her, po­lice said. De­spite telling him no he con­tin­ued and she passed out again.

The fol­low­ing morn­ing, Moaber­fard dropped his vic­tim at Uxbridge Un­der­ground sta­tion. From there, the vic­tim went to hos­pi­tal and later po­lice were called and an in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­gan.

Cloth­ing from the vic­tim con­tained a DNA trace that matched Moaber­fard and he was ar­rested at his home on Novem­ber 6, 2014.

Af­ter an­swer­ing ‘no com­ment’to ques­tions put to him by de­tec­tives in­ter­view­ing him, he was charged with the rape the next day.

Moaber­fard’s con­vic­tion fol­lows an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by spe­cial­ist de­tec­tives from the Sex­ual Of­fences, Ex­ploita­tion and Child Abuse Com­mand.

De­tec­tive Con­sta­ble Vicky Sten­ning said: “Moaber­fard tar­geted a vul­ner­a­ble woman who thought he was tak­ing her home. I would like to praise her brav­ery in com­ing for­ward and speak­ing with po­lice.

“I would urge any­one who has been a vic­tim of sex­ual as­sault to speak with us so that we can bring per­pe­tra­tors be­fore the courts.”

She urged peo­ple wish­ing to travel by cab to en­sure they use a li­censed firm.

n RAPIST: Ali Moaber­fard, 39, of Mad­in­g­ley Court, Bar­net, posed as a taxi driver to iso­late his vic­tim

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