Thursday 22 August 2019

Uber driver jailed for sexual assault of female passenger (26) in his taxi

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Uber has welcomed the conviction of one of its drivers found guilty of sexually assaulting a woman in his cab.

Samson Haile, 32, was jailed for eight months and made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order, which will ban him from working as or applying to be a private hire driver in England or Wales, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said.

Jurors at Isleworth Crown Court in west London found Haile guilty of sexual assault after hearing how he engaged a 26-year-old female passenger in a conversation with sexual overtones as soon as she got into his vehicle in Ladbroke Grove on the evening of February 27.

He said he wanted to have sex with the woman, who told him she wanted to get out of the vehicle. He continued to drive and began to touch her, before she managed to escape and report the incident to police.

Jurors were told that later that night he picked up an off-duty female police officer, and he also spoke to her in a sexual way and invited her to have sex. The officer filed an information report the following day concerning his behaviour and it was linked to the report of sexual assault, leading to Haile being identified and arrested.

Haile, of Lionel Road North, Brentford, was found guilty of sexual assault on September 3 and sentenced on Wednesday.

An Uber spokesman said: "This was a terrible incident and we welcome today's conviction. As soon as we heard what happened the driver was immediately stopped from using our service and we worked closely with the Metropolitan Police to ensure he was brought to justice.

"The individual had recently passed the same enhanced criminal record checks that all private hire and taxi drivers in London go through as part of Transport for London's licensing process."

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