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Newcastle student kidnapped and sexually assaulted in car she wrongly thought was a taxi

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/no ... d-23861307

Nazeem Murad, of Fenham, took the drunk student on a terrifying 90 minute trip to Tynemouth and sexually assaulted her after she got into his car in Newcastle

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A student was kidnapped and sexually assaulted after getting into a car in Newcastle city centre which she mistakenly thought was a taxi.

The victim had been out celebrating the end of her first year university exams and became disorientated and separated from her friends in an unfamiliar part of town. She decided to hail a taxi to get back to her student accommodation and when Nazeem Murad pulled over to pick her up, she thought he was a cabbie.

However he wasn't and instead of taking her home he took her on a "terrifying" 90 minute journey to Tynemouth, during which he sexually assaulted his captive passenger. The victim became very distressed and begged Murad to take him home, which he eventually did.

The 38-year-old, formerly of Hadrian Road, Fenham, Newcastle, fled the UK before his trial but a jury convicted him of kidnap and sexual assault. He has now been jailed for four years in his absence and must also sign the sex offenders register indefinitely.

Sentencing him, Judge Julie Clemitson said: "She stood at what she believed to be a taxi rank and flagged down what she thought was a taxi and opened the door and made some inquiries about being taken her home. The car was driven by the defendant, who was not a taxi driver and it was not a taxi but he failed to disabuse her of the idea he was a taxi driver and instead said he would take her home. The jury must have been sure that from the start the defendant misrepresented his intention to take her home.

"It must have been apparent to him she was in a vulnerable situation. She had been drinking, she was alone, she was distressed. He took her to Tynemouth. She questioned whether they were going the right way and asked repeatedly to be taken home. That drive must have been absolutely terrifying.

"It's evident from messages she was sending to friends she hoped someone would help her. She feared she was going to be raped and she said in evidence she feared she would be killed."

The court heard the victim, who was dressed for clubbing, complained she was cold and Murad used that as an excuse to sexually assault her. He touched her thigh close to her crotch and ran his arm across her bare arm and bare back.

Judge Clemitson said: "The touching was long, slow strokes, which terrified her. The journey terrified her. This was all in a moving car."

At Tynemouth, Murad stopped and pointed out the view and the moon. The judge said: "It was clear he hoped for some further sexual encounter but the level of her distress and the degree to which she begged to go home seems to have penetrated his senses."

He took her back to Newcastle and engaged in "normal chit chat" on the way and insisted on taking her phone number before she got out and went on to send her messages, saying he had "added her to his favourites" and encouraging further contact between them.

The victim had a shower to "wash him off" and was found sobbing by her housemates. The court heard the impact on her has been wide-ranging and affected her social life and education and left her feeling anxious walking the streets if a man is behind her.

Glenn Gatland, defending, said Murad has no previous convictions and that the offence was opportunistic rather than him posing as a taxi driver. He added: "She seems to have stopped him, whether by waving her hand or stepping out in front of him then the kidnap by fraud was by him not telling her he was not a taxi driver."


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PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2022 11:00 am 
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The 38-year-old, formerly of Hadrian Road, Fenham, Newcastle, fled the UK before his trial but a jury convicted him of kidnap and sexual assault. He has now been jailed for four years in his absence and must also sign the sex offenders register indefinitely.

But if he's fled the country then effectively he's gotten away with it? Certainly doubtful he'll come back, at least legitimately.

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Glenn Gatland, defending, said Murad has no previous convictions and that the offence was opportunistic rather than him posing as a taxi driver. He added: "She seems to have stopped him, whether by waving her hand or stepping out in front of him then the kidnap by fraud was by him not telling her he was not a taxi driver."

Interesting application of the opportunistic/spur of the moment offence rather than something pre-planned, which we were discussing in another thread a month ago :-k


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But if he's fled the country then effectively he's gotten away with it? Certainly doubtful he'll come back, at least legitimately.

I suspect when they find out where he is, if they don't already, they will start extradition proceedings.

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