A LICENSED BLACK cab driver confessed to attempting to rape and sexually assault two women on the opening day of his trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court.
David Perry (52) of Bow, East London pleaded guilty to one count of attempted rape, one count of assault by penetration and one count of sexual assault against one victim and one count of sexual assault against a second victim.
The offences took place in the early hours of the morning on 27 January 2013 in Calabria Road, Islington and on 4 May 2014 in Glebelands Avenue, South Woodford.
Both victims were women in their 20s and had been out socialising before falling asleep in Perry’s taxi and waking up to find the cabbie assaulting them.
Metropolitan Police detectives from the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command Unit launched an investigation into the attacks and on 9 July 2014, DNA evidence from both offences were linked to the same offender.
The exhibits though did not match existing profiles on the UK DNA database.
Officers carried out extensive enquiries which led to a London taxi being identified in August 2014 as a possible vehicle of interest.
The hackney carriage was registered to David Perry, a licensed black cab driver with no previous convictions. He was arrested at his home address on 14 August 2014. Perry’s DNA was matched to both offences and he was charged on 15 August 2014.
Detective chief inspector Samantha Price of the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command Unit said: “Perry, as the driver of an iconic black taxi, was in a position of trust.
“Sadly, he breached that trust by targeting women who he perceived to be vulnerable.”
“Thankfully, those women came forward and reported him to the police. And today, I must praise them both for their strength and determination to see him brought to justice.”
ANOTHER JOHN WORBOYS?
Detective chief inspector Price said she was concerned that taxi driver Perry had committed other crimes against female passengers that the police were not aware of, like convicted black cab rapist John Worboys.
“I must consider the possibility that he may have committed other offences that have not been reported to the police.”
“As part of this investigation, we have made detailed enquiries into his past and eliminated unsolved cases from this inquiry. I would now appeal directly to anyone, who as a result of this case, thinks they may have been raped or assaulted by Perry.
“I would like to reassure anyone worried about coming forward that they will be treated with the utmost sensitivity and specially trained officers will be available to listen to them and support them through each step.”