Cheshire man who posed as a taxi driver jailed for rape

30/04/2015

A Cheshire man who posed as a taxi driver and assaulted a woman he gave a lift to has been found guilty of rape, sexual assault and kidnap.

Chester Crown Court heard that Masood Mansouri, 33, from Chester, raped the twenty year old woman in the early hours of 10 August 2014.
She had flagged down his car, thinking it was a taxi, but instead of taking her to a city centre bar where she had meant to meet friends, he took her to his home.
There she was subjected to a terrifying ordeal before managing to escape. She hid behind some bushes in a garden near to his house and called her friends for help, saying she'd been kidnapped.
That call was overheard by a woman living nearby who stayed with her until she was able to call a genuine taxi and rejoin her friends.
The police were alerted by the victim's friends and made contact with her.
She was given help and support by specially trained officers and eventually found the courage to be interviewed.
That interview was videoed so that she would not have to give her evidence in person in court and face her attacker.
Tragically, a few days later she was found dead at her home but her testimony was used by specialist prosecutors to bring the case against Mansouri and prevent anyone else becoming a victim.
Mansouri was sentenced at Chester Crown Court today (30 4 2015) to a total of 13 years imprisonment for his crimes.
Claire Lindley, Chief Crown Prosecutor, Mersey-Cheshire Crown Prosecution Service, said: "This is a most tragic case.
"Despite her terrifying ordeal, the young victim found the courage to go to the police and, with the help of specially trained officers, was able to give a clear, recorded testimony of what had happened to her.
"Sadly, the victim was found dead before the trial began but her testimony and the other evidence gathered was presented to the court by the prosecution and Mansouri has now been brought to justice.
"We hope this brings some closure to the young woman's family who have shown great courage and resolve throughout this case. Our thoughts remain with them at this very difficult time."
Detective Inspector Claire Coleman, Head of the Cheshire Police Dedicated Rape Unit said: "The voice of the victim is at the heart of all we do.
"When officers first spoke to this victim she was in trauma, she was finding it difficult to talk about what had happened to her, and she was not sure what she wanted to do. 
"Officers from the Dedicated Rape Unit, who are specially trained to support the victims of sex attacks, waited until she was ready to speak.
"This is a brave lady, who found the courage to tell her story. Today the jury has listened to her words, and she has helped to ensure that a very dangerous man has been brought to justice.
"The tragedy of this case is that our victim achieved so much, but will not share the outcome. Our thoughts are with her family."