Uber driver jailed for 12 years after raping passenger, 27, outside her home

Uber driver jailed for 12 years after raping passenger, 27, outside her home

AN Uber driver who raped a passenger as she attempted to enter her home after using the taxi service has been jailed for 12 years following a court hearing in London.

Muhammad Khurram Durrani, 38 of Oakdale Road, Streatham, was sentenced yesterday at Southwark Crown Court, where the judge gave him 10 to 12 years for rape, and eight years for sexual assault.

The jail terms are to run concurrently.

He will also be placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life and is now subject to a restraining order and sexual harm protection order

Durrani had been found guilty of the offences - committed against the same victim - on Friday, April 6, following a trial at the same court.

The court heard that on July 23, 2016, a 27-year-old woman booked an Uber to take her home following an evening out.

She was dropped at her home address in north-west London and was approached her front door when the driver approached her from behind, picked her up and took her to the back of his car before raping and sexually assaulting her.

Durrani was arrested on suspicion of rape on July 25, 2016, and subsequently charged.

Detective Constable Peter Monaghan, from the Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command, said: "This woman booked the cab in good faith to safely take her home.

"Durrani, realising the vulnerability of his victim, abused her trust and raped her.

"This assault has had a significant impact upon her, and her life, and I would like to thank her for having the courage to come forward and give evidence in court."

Detectives would like to hear from anyone who believes that they may have been assaulted by Durrani.

They are asked to contact the Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command team on 101.

Durrani will be deported after he has served his sentence.