In the spotlight
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