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PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:47 am 
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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 2:46 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 3:49 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 12:47 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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