A TAXI driver who raped a teenage boy in his car has been jailed for 10 years.
Married Metro Cars driver Shahbaz Ahmed enticed the 15-year-old boy into his vehicle by telling him it was not safe to walk home at night and offering him a lift.
But instead the father-of-three took the teenager to an isolated car park at Harwood Golf Club and forced him to perform a sex act.
Ahmed, aged 35, of Bertrand Road, Heaton, had denied rape but a jury unanimously found him guilty following a three-day trial in July.
At Bolton Crown Court this afternoon Vanessa Thomson, prosecuting, said the boy, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, now feels vulnerable on public transport, believes his personality has become more aggressive and was affected by having to give evidence at the trial.
“He felt like he was being called a liar,” she said.
The jury had heard how the boy had been walking along Thicketford Road, Tonge Moor, in the early hours of July 13 last year when Ahmed, who was working a shift for the taxi firm at the time, pulled up alongside him and offered him a lift.
The teenager thought he was being kind until he was taken to the car park instead of his home.
“He was alone and in the circumstances you took advantage of the situation and the fact you were in a taxi and you enticed him into your car,” Judge Stead told Ahmed.
“I have no doubt at all that your purpose was sexual.”
He added that Ahmed used his dominant position to force the boy to comply with the abuse.
“When in the car park the complainant stated in his evidence, and I accept it is the truth, that your manner changed. You were less pleasant and you intimidated him,” said Judge Stead.
“He was frightened over what might happen next. He felt so isolated and intimidated that, upon your requirement that he perform a sexual acts with you, his will was overborne and he was unable to do other than allow the events to happen against his will.”
Wayne Jackson, defending, said Ahmed, who has no previous convictions, had generally been well regarded and thought of as being polite with a pleasant demeanour.
He added that the taxi driver’s wife is expecting their third child in January and the conviction has had a devastating effect on his family.
“There is no doubt that Ahmed is a man who has substantially fallen from grace,” said Mr Jackson.
Judge Stead also made a sexual offences prevention order banning Ahmed from living and sleeping in the same accommodation as a boy under the age of 16 without official approval.
He is also prohibited from contacting his victim and must provide police with the details of any vehicle he drives.
He has now been placed on the sex offenders register and is banned from working with children and vulnerable adults .
Det Con Mark Tiffany, from the police’s serious sexual offences unit, said: “The trauma of what happened will stay with the victim for a long time and it is a credit to him that he gave evidence that was vital in securing Ahmed’s conviction.”
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