A blind woman from Oldham asked her Muslim taxi driver to help her use the bank machine to pay for the cab fare. Like a good Muslim he was only to willing to help,…. help himself to £300 of the womans money. Shafak Hussain was found guilty and given a slap on the wrist 4 month suspended sentence. The Muslim thief duely played the race card up on his arrest portraying himself as a victim of racism. Clearly not a to clever chap, the spineless thief wasn’t happy enough with the low sentence and is planning on selling his house to pay for an appeal…makes sense
Lowest of the low: Taxi driver cheated blind woman out of £300 after she asked for help using her cash card to pay for fare
- Shafak Hussain, 36, took advantage of regular passenger Jill Holland
- He was taking her back to her home in Oldham from hospital
- Found guilty by magistrates and given four-month suspended sentence
By STEVE ROBSON
PUBLISHED: 15:47, 12 January 2013 | UPDATED: 15:52, 12 January 2013
A callous taxi driver stole £300 from a blind woman after she asked him to help get money from a cash machine to pay the fare.
Shafak Hussain, 36, had picked Jill Holland, 52, up from Manchester Royal Infirmary and was taking her back to her home in Oldham when she asked to stop at a cashpoint.
When she asked him to key in £30 Hussain pressed £300 instead – giving Mrs Holland only the money she asked for and pocketing the rest, a court heard.
Guilty: Shafak Hussain cheated a blind woman out of £300 when she asked for help at a cash machine
A regular of Hussain’s taxi company Motown cars, Mrs Holland even gave him a £4 tip as well as the fare when he eventually dropped her home.
But the next day she became suspicious of what had happened and rang her bank who revealed the £300 withdrawal.
Father-of-two Hussain denied the accusation but was found guilty after a trial at Manchester Magistrates Court last month.
He claimed he had taken the £300 out of the account with Miss Holland’s full knowledge and given it to her.
Dominic Geelan, prosecuting, said: ‘When arrested he was uncooperative and aggressive and accused the police of being racist.’
The court heard that following the offence, on August 5, Hussain had been shunned by colleagues at Motown cars who were disgusted by his actions. He has since had his licence revoked.
District Judge Paul Richardson told Hussain: ‘I am glad to say you will never work again as a taxi driver. Generally such drivers are worthy of the trust put in them – but you are not.
‘This was a very mean offence. She relied on you and you betrayed her.’
Hussain, of Plymouth Street, Oldham, Greater Manchester, was given a four month suspended prison sentence, ordered to carry out 150 hours’ unpaid work and told he must repay the stolen money to Miss Holland.
Peter Etherall, defending, said Hussain continued to maintain his innocence and would be lodging an appeal against conviction and sentence.
After the case Hussain, who was ordered to pay £625 costs, said he had put his house up for sale to fund his appeal.
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