Midweek Sport - - NEWS -

AN Uber driver who lay in wait out­side pop­u­lar bars look­ing for drunken women to rape has been jailed for 12 years.

Jahir Hus­sain, 37, preyed on women drink­ing in bars and restau­rants in trendy Shored­itch, east Lon­don, be­fore at­tack­ing them as they slept.

His first vic­tim awoke to find the fa­ther-of-four fondling her breasts and un­do­ing his belt on Oc­to­ber 12 last year.

The wo­man lay still in the back of the cab frozen in fear as he raped her, Snares­brook Crown Court heard. Her jeans and belt had been cut. hand­set ask­ing for him to re­turn.

Hus­sain re­turned the phone and the wo­man mem­o­rised his num­ber plate.

He at­tacked a third wo­man hours later by touch­ing her legs and lift­ing up her dress as she slept in his cab.

When she got home she saw her tights and knick­ers had been partly cut off her body.

Prose­cu­tor Kather­ine Farelly said: “In Oc­to­ber and De­cem­ber last year this de­fen­dant was work­ing as a taxi driver.

“He was reg­is­tered as a driver with Uber at that time, although it doesn’t ap­pear he was work­ing through them.

“But what is clear is that he would of­ten fre­quent the Shored­itch area of Lon­don, which is a well known for its bars and restau­rants

“The de­fen­dant used his work to tar­get women who were com­pletely vul­ner­a­ble through ex­cess al­co­hol to GUILTY: Sex­ual preda­tor Jahir Hus­sain sat­isfy his ma­lign in­ten­tions.

“They got into his taxi quite rea­son­ably to drive them to their home ad­dress.

“He took ad­van­tage while they were passed out in the back of his cab. He se­ri­ously sex­u­ally as­saulted each of them.”

Hus­sain sat emo­tion­less in the dock with his head bowed as Judge Ni­cholas Huskin­son told him that he’d se­ri­ously con­sid­ered a life sen­tence.

Pass­ing sen­tence, the judge told him: “You pos­sess a high risk of harm to adult women, par­tic­u­larly those who are in­tox­i­cated.

“You, Mr Hus­sain, ap­pear to tar­get them while they are alone and vul­ner­a­ble.

“And you used some sort of bladed in­stru­ment to cut their cloth­ing when they were asleep.

“On De­cem­ber 2 you com­mit­ted two crimes hours apart de­spite the first vic­tim telling you they would call the po­lice. That did not de­ter you.

“I con­sider these to be sig­nif­i­cant ag­gra­vat­ing fac­tors and in my view I should im­pose an ex­tended sen­tence.”

As Judge Huskin­son jailed Hus­sain he said he would have to serve at least two thirds of the 12-year term.

Hus­sain, of Poplar, east Lon­don, ad­mit­ted two counts of sex­ual as­sault, two counts of rape, one of as­sault by pen­e­tra­tion and one of bat­tery with in­tent to com­mit a sex­ual of­fence.

DC Sa­man­tha Dart, the of­fi­cer in the case, said: “Hus­sain is a preda­tor who ex­ploited his em­ploy­ment as a mini-cab driver to se­ri­ously sex­u­ally as­sault vul­ner­a­ble fe­males.

“Women should be able to go out and en­joy them­selves with­out fear of as­sault.”

Act­ing DI Steve Bir­chall, the su­per­vis­ing of­fi­cer in the case, said: “Hus­sain is a preda­tory sex of­fender who has taken ad­van­tage of his po­si­tion by tar­get­ing vul­ner­a­ble women he has picked up while act­ing as a mini-cab driver.

“He has been iden­ti­fied and now con­victed through the pres­ence of mind and strength of the three women in this case who had the courage to re­port what hap­pened to them to the po­lice.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.