MANCHESTER: Fake taxi driver Nadeem Sultan, aged 46, of Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, was jailed on July 24, 2019, for two years after sexually assaulting a woman.
Chester Crown Court heard he sexually assaulted the 22-year-old woman who on her way home from Chester.
In the early hours of December 23, 2018, the woman had been on a night out in the city with friends. at around 3:30 am, she became separated from them and stopped to help a man claiming to be ill.
The woman decided that the best thing to do was to take him home. She then flagged down what she thought was a taxi on Eastgate Street.
A spokesperson for Cheshire Police said: “Unbeknown to her, the vehicle she had stopped was actually a private car driven by Sultan, who did not have a licence to operate as a taxi driver and was not insured to drive the car.”
Once they were in the car, the victim gave details of the required drop off points.
It was later revealed that the man was not actually ill but was using the woman to get a free taxi ride home. Sultan subsequently ordered him out of the car.
Once alone with the woman, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, the fake taxi driver “plied her with a constant flow of compliments”.
He told her she was perfect and that he “could never find a woman like her”.
Sultan then put his hand on the woman’s leg, with his fingers on her inner thigh and began to stroke her.
The woman was aware that she was in a vulnerable position and immediately pushed Sultan’s hand away and asked him to stop.
A short while later, when the car had stopped, the woman was able to get out. She ran into a wooded area where she called for help.
Sultan was found guilty of sexual assault by touching following a three-day trial. He admitted touting a private hire vehicle and driving without insurance.
Inspector Emma Parry explained: “Sultan subjected his victim to a terrifying ordeal.
“She was alone, trapped in a vehicle with a man she had never met before who had targeted her to fulfil his own sexual gratification.