Posted by admin on August 20th, 2014
Source: Dover Express
A LECHEROUS taxi driver who sexually assaulted two teen girls who had been on nights out in Dover has been jailed.
Creepy cabbie Rezgar Hassan, 22, of High Street, Dover, was found guilty by a jury of two counts of sexual assault and sentenced to three years imprisonment on Monday.
Iraqi Hassan, who was also subject of a five-year Sexual Offences Prevention Order and will be on the Sex Offenders’ Register indefinitely, has also been recommended for deportation.
In the early hours of January 27, 2013, Hassan was driving a taxi in Market Square when he accepted a fare from a 19-year-old and her two friends, Canterbury Crown Court heard. The victim sat in the front seat of the taxi and during the course of the journey, felt Hassan put his hand on her leg. It was then that he inappropriately touched her.
Upon exiting the taxi, the victim told her friends and the following day she reported it to police. Hassan was arrested and he was later picked out in an identity parade.
In a second incident, in the early hours of March 10, 2013, a 17-year-old girl was waiting at the train station at Dover Priory. Hassan was again in his taxi and approached the teenager, offering her a lift home to Folkestone for free. He told her to sit in the back seat with a cover over her as he had another passenger to collect. Once that person had been dropped off, she got in the front seat.
Hassan told her to recline her seat and then started asking intimate questions. He told her if she showed him her breasts, he would let her go. He then pulled her top down and inappropriately touched her before allowing the girl to get out.
Investigating officer, PC Natasha Russell of Kent Police, said: “It was clear when investigating these two individual reports that Hassan had preyed on his young victims, taking full advantage of their vulnerability. “After having been on a night out in the town, both victims did the right thing by getting a taxi home. They expected the taxi to be a place of safety, but instead Hassan took full advantage of his position.
“I would like to personally thank both victims for showing courage and bravery and coming forward to report what had happened to them. “The sentencing reflects the seriousness of the crime and should serve as a warning that neither Kent Police nor the courts will accept this type of behaviour.”