Rapist pretended to be a taxi driver
Fake cabbie targeted woman leaving party
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