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PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2019 12:47 pm 
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Well this is a bit odd for a couple of reasons.

First, this is the only mention of this I can find online. And by the looks of it they only found out about it via another newspaper - the Mail on Sunday. Thus presumably it was included in the Scottish edition of the MoS, and the Scottish-only content isn't included on the Mail on Sunday's website.

But this looks like the kind of thing that would be all over the papers, particularly as the case was decided in an Aberdeen court, and the piece below is from the long-established Aberdeen press.

Maybe there were some sort of reporting restrictions that meant the case wasn't covered in the press, or whatever, and we'll maybe hear more after sentencing in a few days.

The second noteworthy aspect of the case is the call for compulsory CCTV, which isn't that remarkable in this context, but hasn't really been a discussion topic up here in the same way it has south of the border.

So if there's more widespread reporting of the case in the coming days then I suspect there will be something of a CCTV bandwagon as well :?


Highland taxi driver rape conviction sparks call for CCTV in all Scottish cabs

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/ne ... tish-cabs/

A Highland taxi driver is facing jail after raping a drunk female passenger, sparking calls for CCTV in all cabs across Scotland.

The Mail on Sunday has reported that Anwar Sadat Chowdhury, 41, originally from Bangladesh but now living in Inverness, forced himself on a woman in the back of a licenced vehicle last year.

She was said to have been too drunk to give consent to the married father-of-one.

Chowdhury was found guilty of rape and attempting to pervert the course of justice at the High Court in Aberdeen on November 8.

He will be sentenced on Friday at the High Court in Edinburgh.

Scottish Conservative justice spokesman Liam Kerr, a north-east MSP, said that, following his conviction, local authorities across the country should consider implementing new rules about security cameras in taxis.

He said: “While the vast majority of taxi drivers are courteous and professional, all women recognise the extreme vulnerability of travelling in a taxi alone at night.

“One way of reassuring the public would be for councils to ensure there are CCTV cameras in taxis, which would also be helpful in providing evidence for any prosecution if, sadly, it were needed.”

Other councils in the UK have agreed to install CCTV to deter sex attacks and the move seems to be gaining traction in Scotland.

Chowdhury was granted a Highlands taxi licence by council bosses last February and a taxi operator’s licence* the following May.

Following the attack, his licences were suspended within days, on the advice of Police Scotland, and fully revoked in October of the same year.

Prior to his conviction, in February this year, Chowdhury met a relative of the victim in an Inverness branch of Nando’s restaurant and tried to persuade them to contact her in the hope she would withdraw her complaint to police.

* An operator's licence in Scotland is simply a proprietor's licence or plate


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2019 3:46 pm 
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The Mail on Sunday has reported that Anwar Sadat Chowdhury, 41, originally from Bangladesh but now living in Inverness, forced himself on a woman in the back of a licenced vehicle last year.

Apart from this report and a listing on the Scottish Courts' 'Court Roll' page for Friday (re sentencing, presumably), the only mention I can find of this guy via Google is this on a Highland Council document about pending applications. It simply says, as a reason for a delay in processing the application:

"Awaiting foreign conviction and right to work check."

Wonder if the 'foreign conviction check' disclosed anything? :-k


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2019 4:49 pm 
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For what it's worth, it looks like his badge application was referred to the committee because he hadn't passed the knowledge test, but he'd actually passed it before the committee considered it :-s

And his plate was subsequently granted under delegated powers.

So it would seem his criminal record check from Bangladesh didn't flag up anything obvious, but I don't know how reliable such checks are from Bangladesh :?


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 1:47 am 
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So it would seem his criminal record check from Bangladesh didn't flag up anything obvious, but I don't know how reliable such checks are from Bangladesh :?

Under the new Immigration checks, I think folks from that country are struggling more than most to get, and keep, their taxi and PH licenses.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2020 8:22 pm 
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StuartW wrote:
Well this is a bit odd for a couple of reasons.

First, this is the only mention of this I can find online. And by the looks of it they only found out about it via another newspaper - the Mail on Sunday. Thus presumably it was included in the Scottish edition of the MoS, and the Scottish-only content isn't included on the Mail on Sunday's website.

But this looks like the kind of thing that would be all over the papers, particularly as the case was decided in an Aberdeen court, and the piece below is from the long-established Aberdeen press.

Maybe there were some sort of reporting restrictions that meant the case wasn't covered in the press, or whatever, and we'll maybe hear more after sentencing in a few days.


As I thought, this is all over the internet now that he's been sentenced.

Only thing is that sentencing has taken a couple of months as opposed to the few days suggested in the original article.


Taxi driver who raped passenger in Inverness "disgracefully breached" her trust judge says as he sentences him to six years imprisonment

https://www.inverness-courier.co.uk/new ... st-190875/

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A woman was driven to Culloden by a taxi driver who raped her but afterwards tried to argue she had consented.

Anwar Chowdhury (41), who should have driven his victim home after picking her up at a rank in Inverness city centre, took her instead to an isolated country road near the Culloden Battlefield where he parked and had sex with her in in the back of his Volkswagan Sharan taxi while she was too drunk to consent.

The case has led to calls for CCTV to be fitted compulsorily in all taxis.

Later he contacted a member of her family to try to persuade her to withdraw her complaint.

His victim, a woman in in her early 30s who had been on a night out with friends, has been left "with serious psychological effects", the High Court in Aberdeen was told.

Judge Lord Uist said Chowdhury had "disgracefully breached the trust" that the woman had placed in him when she got into his cab, then "ridiculously" claimed in court that she had not only agreed to have sex with him, but had initiated it.

Lord Uist said Chowdhury's victim had "suffered greatly" as a result – and he had shown no remorse.

He told Chowdhury: "You were convicted of the rape of a female passenger in your taxi in a remote area outside Inverness in the early hours of the morning.

"She was so drunk at the time she was incapable of giving or withholding consent.

"A lone woman returning from a night out – particularly when they have had too much to drink – must be able to trust a taxi driver to take them home safely.

"You breached that trust in a disgraceful manner when you raped your passenger.

"You denied your guilt at your trial and in the course of the ridiculous evidence that you gave maintained not only that she consented, but that she had initiated the sexual contact and that she was happy when she left your taxi at the end of her journey."

Imposing the six-year jail term, he added: "The crimes of which you have been convicted require a significant custodial sentence."

Married man Chowdhury, a father-of-one from Inverness, originally from Bangladesh, was placed on the sex offenders' register for life.

The incident occurred on August 5, 2018.Chowdhury had been granted a taxi operator's licence by Highland Council only three months earlier.

Advocate Graham Robertson, defending, said Chowdhury had brought "shame, dishonour and hurt" to his family.

He said: "He has let his family down and his community down, and there are consequences."

He said Chowdhury was now "emotionally separated" from his wife and suffering "extreme marital difficulties".

Chowdhury was found guilty by a jury in November last year of raping the woman by having sex with her in the back of his taxi when she was incapable of giving or withholding consent, and of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

He denied both charges.

The court heard he had picked up his married victim from a taxi rank in the centre of Inverness – where she had been out to a party with friends – and drove her to a side road near the Culloden battlefield site and parked before committing the rape.

In February last year, he met a relative of the victim in Nando's in Inverness Shopping Park in the hope of contacting his victim and persuading her to withdraw her complaint.

Chowdury showed no emotion as he was handcuffed and led to the cells.

The Scottish Conservative's justice spokesman Liam Kerr said Chowdhury had committed a "despicable and cowardly attack", adding: "While the vast majority of taxi drivers are courteous and professional, all women recognise the extreme vulnerability of travelling in a taxi alone at night.

"One way of reassuring the public would be for councils to ensure there are CCTV cameras in taxis, which would also be helpful in providing evidence for any prosecution if it were sadly needed. We must do everything possible to make sure horrific incidents like this do not happen again."

Rape Crisis Scotland added: "Taxi drivers are in a position of trust and responsibility, and it is disgraceful that anyone would abuse that."

Chowdhury's taxi licence was revoked in October 2018 as a result of the incident.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2020 8:32 pm 
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"A lone woman returning from a night out – particularly when they have had too much to drink – must be able to trust a taxi driver to take them home safely.

Think the Judge has hit the nail firmly on the head there. =D>

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