In the spot­light

Woman's Own - - Behind The Headlines -

In the case of Spy­ros Ntou­nis, fe­male pas­sen­gers had com­plained to Uber about him in Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber 2016 and again on 21 April last year. He picked up the 14-year-old girl the day af­ter the third com­plaint. Asked if they had alerted po­lice to the ear­lier com­plaints, an Uber spokesman said they hadn’t, but had ‘warned’ Ntou­nis. He was sus­pended only af­ter po­lice alerted them to his ar­rest for the in­ci­dent with the 14-year-old. In the case of 42-year-old Shahid Qureshi, he picked up an ex­change stu­dent at Heathrow Air­port on 30 July last year. While reg­is­tered as a driver with Uber, on the day in ques­tion he was work­ing for an­other pri­vate cab firm. He in­sisted she sat in the front, then groped and kissed her. The driver con­tin­ued to pester her for sex on What­sapp af­ter he dropped her off. Re­ported to po­lice, Qureshi was ar­rested. De­tec­tives found out he also worked for Uber and asked them to re­veal any other al­le­ga­tions against him. It was only then they learnt of an in­ci­dent in Septem­ber 2016, when Qureshi had put his hand on a fe­male pas­sen­ger’s thigh. Af­ter de­tails of this in­ci­dent were fi­nally re­vealed to po­lice by Uber, Qureshi was ar­rested and charged with a sec­ond count of as­sault.

Uber re­ceived mul­ti­ple com­plaints about Spy­ros Ntou­nis

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