Rape convictions for cab driver who cut clothing off sleeping female passengers

16/05/2017

A cab driver has admitted sexually assaulting vulnerable women passengers after cutting off parts of their clothes.

Jahir Hussain, 37, pleaded guilty yesterday [15 May] on the first day of his trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court to eight charges relating to three women who had been out in Shoreditch. Two had their clothing cut.

The first victim woke up in Hussainís car on 21 October parked in a residential street, with no memory of getting there, and noticed her jeans and belt had been cut. Hussain then groped and assaulted her.

His second victim thought she was stepping into an Uber cab she had booked after a night out on 2 December. She fell asleep and woke to find Hussain kissing her mouth and fiddling with his trousers as if he was doing up his buttons.

His third victim was attacked after being picked up later that same evening. She found herself waking at 5.45am in the car with Hussain touching her legs and lifting up her dress.

When she arrived home her tights and knickers had been partly cut off her body in an almost identical way to the first victimís belt and jeans.

London CPS reviewing lawyer Catherine Wear said: "Hussain preyed on the vulnerabilities of women passengers, cutting the clothing of two of his victims and sexually assaulting them after they had passed out in the back of his cab following nights out in Shoreditch.

"The strong CPS prosecution case which led to todayís late guilty pleas showed that there could have been no question of these women consenting to any sexual activity as Hussain initially claimed.

"We are grateful to these brave women for having the courage to come forward and glad these admissions have spared them from any court appearances."

Hussain is due to be sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court on 10 July.

Notes:

Jahir Hussain [24/03/1980], of Tower Hamlets, admitted eight charges.
- Two counts of rape, one of sexual assault and one of assault by penetration on 21 October 2016
- Sexual assault and fraud by false representation on 2 December 2016
- One count of sexual assault and one of battery with intent to commit a sexual offence on 2 December 2016