Taxi driver found guilty of rape

30/05/2013

A 59-year-old taxi driver from Bournemouth has been found guilty today at Bournemouth Crown Court of two offences of rape and an offence of sexual assault by penetration.

Julia Woodward, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service said: Terence Collins, 59, is every womans worst nightmare- a man using his job as taxi driver to attack women when they are at their most vulnerable.

"Today he was found guilty of raping and sexually assaulting a 20- year- old woman after she got into his vehicle to go back to her home following a night out with a friend in March 2012. He was also found guilty of the rape of a 14-year-old some two years earlier. He grabbed the teenager who had seen a car following her while she was walking back to her home from Bournemouth town centre. He forced the teenage girl to get into his taxi; took her to a location and then raped her.

"Thanks to the bravery of these two young women in reporting the offences to Dorset Police and then giving evidence in court, a dangerous sexual predator will now be jailed. We hope that this conviction will bring some kind of comfort and that they will now be able to move on with their lives. Our thoughts are with them at this moment."

The sentence has been adjourned until 11 July at Bournemouth Crown Court.