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Taxi firm worker rapist jailed for seven years after second sexual offence in three years

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: October 12, 2013

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A TAXI worker been sentenced to seven years behind bars for raping a woman at his rank – just three years after exposing himself to another female customer.

Humza Mahmood was in the middle of serving a youth rehabilitation order for the other offence when he followed his victim into the toilets at Alpha Cars, in Swadlincote, on March 30, and forced her to perform oral sex.

The 19-year-old (pictured) was convicted of rape following a four-day trial at Derby Crown Court, in which Judge John Burgess said he considered imposing a life sentence because of the severity of his crimes.

In sentencing, the judge said: ““This is the sort of offence which causes terrible harm to women who are subjected to this kind of attack. I only hope the lady concerned can put the trial process at last behind her and that may help her move on.

“There is a history. You committed a sexual assault in August 2010 in similar circumstances as this, and this is very significant.

“It is quite plain you represent a significant risk of causing really serious harm to women. I considered whether a life sentence was appropriate.”

Mahmood, of Thrift Road, Branston, will not be allowed to seek parole until two-thirds of the way through his sentence.

The court was told that Mahmood forced his victim to perform a sex act after following her outside when she went for a cigarette. They kissed, and he then followed her into the toilet.

It followed an attack three years ago, when he dragged a woman into his office and exposed himself to her.

Grace Hale, prosecuting, said: “This shows a tendency to attack lone women who came into his office looking for a taxi.”

She added that the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, suffers from recurring nightmares, and is unable to take a taxi without constantly calling her mother for reassurance.

Heidi Kubik, defending, told the court: “He is still a young man – only 19 – and was 18 at the time of the commission of this offence.

“He is going to be punished with custody for some further period.

“He will get the opportunity to hopefully mature and become more receptive to help.”

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