A mini-cab driver who sexually attacked lone women has been sentence to 12 years’ imprisonment at Snaresbrook Crown Court today, Monday 10 July.
Jahir Hussain, 37 (24/03/1980) of Morris Road, E14 had previously pleaded guilty, on 15 May after one day of his trial at the same court, to Two counts of rape, three counts of sexual assault, one count of assault by penetration, as well as two other linked offences.
The conviction and sentencing follows an investigation by the Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Command.
Hussain attacked three women, one on 21 October 2016, and two in the early hours on 2 December 2016. Whilst he was registered to work as a mini-cab driver, he was not actually working when he picked his victims up and attacked them.
On 21 October 2016 Hussain picked up his first victim in the Old Street area as she made her way home. Hussain attacked her after she fell asleep in the back of his car. His victim woke to find Hussain in the back of the car with her, and that he had cut off her clothing. Hussain then repeatedly attacked his victim before driving her home.
On 2 December 2016, at around 02:00hrs, Hussain was again in the Old Street area when he asked by his second victim if he was the mini-cab she had ordered. He wasn’t, but he lied and told his victim he was. His victim got in the car, fell asleep, and again awoke to find Hussain in the back of the car with her. The victim waking up seemed to stop Hussain from carrying out any further attacks. Under the pretence of actually taking his victim home Hussain instead drove to an abandoned industrial estate. His victim managed to escape the car, and Hussain fled the scene in his car, abandoning his victim there.
From that attack Hussain went back to the Old Street area and picked up a third victim at around 0400hrs, acting a as a mini-cab driver despite the victim not having booked one. Again Hussain’s victim woke to find him in the back of the car, having cut her clothing off and attacking her. Hussain again drove his victim home.
In both incidents in December led to the identification of Hussain’s number plate and he was arrested at his home on 3 December 2016. He was charged in the early hours of the next day.
Forensic evidence then linked Hussain to the October attack and he was further charged.
DC Samantha Dart, the officer in the case, said:
“Hussain is a predator who exploited his employment as a mini-cab driver to seriously sexually assault vulnerable females. Women should be able to go out and enjoy themselves without fear of assault.
“We are grateful to all three women for having the courage to report these matters to police, and for their continued support throughout the investigations.
“The strength of evidence against Hussain was overwhelming which led to him entering guilty pleas and the sentence handed to him reflects the gravity of his offending.”
Acting Detective Inspector Steve Birchall, the supervising officer in the case, said:
“Hussain is a predatory sex offender who has taken advantage of his position by targeting vulnerable women he has picked up while acting as a mini-cab driver. Travelling home by mini-cab should be a safe method of transportation and Hussain is in no way reflective of the numerous taxi drivers who offer this service every night in London. He has been identified and now convicted through the presence of mind and strength of the three women in this case who have had the courage to report what happened to them to the police.”
Full breakdown of offences and sentencing:
1. Rape (contrary to section 1 Sexual Offences Act 2003);
2. Rape (contrary to section 1 Sexual Offences Act 2003);
3. Sexual assault (contrary to section 3 Sexual Offences Act 2003);
4. Assault by penetration (contrary to section 2 Sexual Offences Act 2003).
All against the 23-year-old woman on 21 October 2016
5. Sexual assault (contrary to section 3 Sexual Offences Act 2003); 6. False Representation to make gain for self (contrary to sections 1 & 2 Fraud Act 2006).
Both against the 31-year-old woman on 2 December 2016
7. Sexual assault (contrary to section 3 Sexual Offences Act 2003);
8. Battery with intent to commit a sexual offence (contrary to section 39 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 and section 62 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003). sentenced to 2.5 yrs to run concurrent
Both against a 29-year-old woman on 2 December 2016
Hussain was sentenced to 11 years for counts 1,2 and 4; two years for count 3 – sentences for counts 1-4 are concurrent; two years for count 5; no separated penalty for count 6; one year for count 7; and two and a half years for count 8 – sentences for counts 7 & 8 are concurrent.
All con current sentences are to run consecutively – 15 and a half years – reduced to 12 years (with a minimum of eioght) for guilty plea, with an extended license of six years on release.
Hussain was ordered to be on the Sex Offenders Register for life, and is subject to a an indefinite Sexual Offences Prevention Order preventing him from working or posing as a taxi, minicab or other driver, and preventing him from being alone in a private vehicle with a lone female (other than a family member) or unless the lone female has been notified of his conviction.