Leicester taxi driver jailed for three sexual assaults

18/12/2015

A Leicester taxi driver has been sentenced to four years in prison for three sexual assaults against lone female passengers late at night, two of which were subject to reinstated proceedings.

In March 2014, Faruk Miah took a female passenger from the centre of Leicester, where she had been out drinking, to her home address. When she got out of the taxi, he grabbed hold of her and asked her to kiss him. The victim pushed him away and complained to the police. During the course of the prosecution, it became apparent that Miah had been accused of two similar offences in 2011 and 2010.

In both these previous cases, Miah drove the victims to their destinations, and while they were in a vulnerable position, grabbed them intimately and attempted to kiss them. In light of the allegations in 2014, prosecutors applied to have these proceedings reinstated, because of the similar allegations so they could be prosecuted together. This was approved and Miah was prosecuted for all three offences. He was found guilty at Leicester Crown Court and today sentenced to four years in prison

Lawrence English, head of the CPS East Midlands rape and serious sexual offences team said: "It was extremely important for us to reconsider the position in relation to the previous offences and ensure that Faruk Miah was prosecuted for the full extent of his offending. His behaviour represented a concerning repetition of offences, which had the potential to escalate into something much more serious.

"This man's actions are a betrayal of the trust placed in his profession. Women need to rely on taxis to enjoy a night out and be sure they get home safely. Faruk Miah abused the trust these women placed in him.  Each of the victims has provided strong evidence that has seen Miah face the consequences of his actions. I would like to thank them for coming forward and giving this evidence now."

Reinstating proceedings when a charge has been refused by the CPS or an investigation halted by the police is a serious and significant step to take. The CPS must apply to their local Chief Crown Prosecutor setting out the case to reinstate. Bringing any criminal charge is not a matter to take lightly and this is particularly the case with reinstating proceedings. Victims and defendants need certainty when they are told that proceedings are stopped, hence why the decision to restart a case is made at a senior level. Prosecutors must detail any new evidence or circumstances and ensure that there is no abuse of process, and this procedure ensures that decisions to reinstate proceedings are made as fairly as possible.