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A TAXI driver who subjected a passenger to a horrifying abduction and rape in has been jailed for eight-and-a-half years.

 

A TAXI driver who subjected a passenger to a horrifying abduction and rape in has been jailed for eight-and-a-half years.

Khalile Maqsood raped the 20-year-old at knifepoint after driving her to a deserted car park in Billingham last September.

He said the young woman, who refused his advances after he picked her up as she walked alone to a party, had led him on and had been “really up for it”.

But a jury at Teesside Crown Court trial rejected his not guilty plea to rape.

Sentencing at Newcastle Crown Court today, Judge Rodney Jameson said he had considered imposing an indeterminate sentence for the public protection.

“This young woman was obviously vulnerable and in drink… She thought you were a kind and generous man and were offering her a lift out of kindness,” he added.

“You were not. She was an attractive young girl and you picked her up understanding she was in drink and unlikely to be in a position to resist what you were to do.”

The judge said Maqsood had shown little understanding of and no remorse for what he had done.

The judge said his “heart bled” for the family of the married father-of-four, 31.

Maqsood, of Brookfield Road, Stockton, spotted his victim in his taxi in Billingham in the early hours of September 10 last year.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, initially thought his white cab was a “lifesaver” as she walked to a party.

She said Maqsood pulled up and offered her a lift.

The victim got in but Maqsood took a series of wrong turns then stopped in a car park and turned off the engine.

She said he asked for a kiss and cuddle, which she refused, then he took her phone from her as it rang.

When she tried to take it back, he said, “If you don’t do as I say, I’ll stab you.”

Maqsood was also ordered to complete a sexual offenders’ prevention order and sign on the sex offenders’ register for life.

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