A LICENSED PRIVATE hire driver and his accomplice have been sent to prison for a total of 16 years after they were found guilty of kidnapping a drunk woman and raping her.
Salah Mohammed (31)of Varley Road, Canning Town, was found guilty of kidnap and encouraging, or assistance the commission of a serious offence, namely rape and jailed for nine years.
His friend, Mohammed Sallah (38) of Hylands Road, Walthamstow, pleaded guilty to rape and was jailed for seven years and two months.
Snaresbrook Crown Court heard that Mohammed was cleaning his vehicle at the carwash on Great Eastern Road, near to Old Street on the edge of the Square Mile, on the night of 7 March 2014.
The jury was told that the minicab driver was approached by a friend of the victim who asked him to take her home as she had been drinking and did not feel very well.
A fare of £10 was agreed and the friend took a photograph of Mohammed’s registration plate and called the victim’s family to tell them she was on her way.
The family alerted the police to the victim’s disappearance in the early hours of Saturday Match 8 after she did not arrive home.
Mohammed had in fact taken the victim to the home of his friend, Mohammed Sallah, eight miles away in Walthamstow, East London, where Sallah raped her.
After the sexual assault, Mohammed took her to Wood Green, North London where she was let out of his car. She contacted her family and the police.
Detective constable Dele Bolude from the Metropolitan’s Police Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command (SOECAC), said: “This was a despicable crime and I would like to praise the victim’s courage in coming forward and reporting it to the police.”
“I hope this sentence sends a clear message regarding the seriousness of this type of offence and gives other victims of sexual offences the courage to come forward.”
Detective inspector Simon Giles, also of SOECAC, said: “The Met Police is committed to prosecuting sex offenders and working with partners to support the victims of crime.
“The events of March 8 last year have had a devastating effect on the victim but I hope these convictions will give her some comfort and closure on her road to recovery.”