AN EAST MIDLANDS cabbie has been jailed for four years after he was found guilty of three sex attacks on vulnerable female customers.
Leicester Crown Court heard that Faruk Miah (57) targeted young women late at night who were on their own and who appeared to have consumed alcohol.
Prosecution counsel Victoria Rose said: “The defendant sexually assaulted female passengers between 2010 and 2014. All of whom in their early 20s and had been drinking.”
The court heard that Miah attacked his first victim on 29 July 2010 after he invited her to sit in the front seat of his taxi. The taxi driver touched her indecently and tried to kiss her, even though she clearly had learning difficulties.
Miah attacked his second victim after picking her up at 2.30am on 28 March 2011 and his third victim after offering her a lift at 3am on 12 July 2014.
The jury was told that the licensed taxi driver picked her out, even though she was not at the front of a queue waiting at a cab rank. He then tried to push his body against the victim and try to kiss her.
Sentencing Miah, of Hamilton Street, Highfields, to four years in prison, judge Simon Hammond, said:
Miah is a devious sexual predator who should never be a taxi driver again.
In mitigation, defence counsel Paul Prior said that Miah: “Was a man of previous good character and the main breadwinner for his family.
“He came over to the UK in the late 1980s and has always worked hard to provide for his family. His wife and his children will serve the sentence along with him.”
Lawrence English, head of the Crown Prosecution Service, East Midlands rape and serious sexual offences team said: “His behaviour represented a concerning repetition of offences, which had the potential to escalate into something much more serious.
“Miah’s actions were a clear betrayal of the trust placed in his profession.”