Sunday, September 06, 2015

Private hire driver who raped woman at Erdington B&B jailed for 11 years

Taxi driver Mohammed Shabir who has been jailed for 11 and a half years for raping a passenger
A private hire driver who raped a “vulnerable” woman who had been out celebrating her birthday has been jailed for 11-and-half-years.
Mohammed Shabir targeted the victim after spotting her outside a gay club in Birmingham in the early hours of September 22 2013.
Birmingham Crown Court heard she had argued with her partner and was looking to get a taxi home.
Shabir, 39, of Hutton Road, Handsworth instead took the woman, who barely spoke English,to a quiet B&B in Erdington where he subjected her to a humiliating rape ordeal.
Shabir, who was convicted of two charges of rape by a jury at the city’s crown court, was also ordered to register as a sex offender for life.
The court heard that the woman, who spoke very little English, had earlier been involved in an argument with her partner.
Judge Murray Creed said: “She was clearly distressed when she encountered you in your taxi outside the club she had been visiting.
“I have no doubt that in her mind she thought she was getting into a taxi and that she would be going home.”
The defendant had initially driven towards Five Ways before then changing direction and going to the B&B in Slade Road.
During the journey Shabir had quizzed the victim about her sexual orientation.
The judge continued: “I am also satisfied as far as your culpability is concerned there was significant planning.
“You phoned from your cab to the B&B and paid for a room.
“You were to say you had used it on previous occasions.
“I also believe there was an abuse of position of trust.
“She was entitled to believe she was in a vehicle that would be traceable.
“I am also satisfied there was targeting of a vulnerable victim.
“The location was remote. It was on the opposite side of the city from where she lived.”
Once in the B&B the victim was subjected to a number of hours of “degradation and humiliation,” Shabir ignoring her pleas that she did not want to have sex.
Judge Creed said Shabir had later tried to ring the woman while she was making a complaint at a police station.
Although the number had come up as withheld officers were able to trace Shabir who, shortly afterwards, changed the taxi firm he worked for.
Rob Cowley, defending, said there had been a certain degree of opportunism about the offence.
He went on “He had been working as a taxi driver for a number of years, since 2002, without a single complaint received until this particular morning.”

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