Notts taxi driver jailed for rape
A taxi driver, who raped his customer instead of taking her home, has been jailed for eight years.
Shapoor Ahmad Azimi, formerly of Chadwick Road, off Alfreton Road, Nottingham, picked up his then 22-year-old victim from outside Propaganda nightclub in Nottingham city centre, at around 4am on Sunday 18 October 2015
But instead of driving her home, the 37-year-old took her to a street in Lenton and raped her on the back seat, Nottingham Crown Court heard.
He then left her to find her own way home.
She called police and Azimi was arrested and charged.
Detective Inspector Clare Dean said: “As a taxi driver Azimi is entrusted to get people to where they need to be in a timely, comfortable and above all safe manner.
“He failed on all counts in this case.
“We know he actively targeted this woman over other potential fares.
“He then exploited her vulnerability for his own sexual gratification and abandoned her in the dead of night.
“Her welfare was never his concern.
“But her welfare has been our number one concern and this conviction is a testament to her resilience throughout.
“I hope this sentence helps her move on from this terrible chapter in her life and face her bright future with confidence.”
Azimi faced two rape offences.
Following a trial, he was found guilty of one count and not guilty of the other.
He was sentenced to eight years imprisonment on Monday, April 25.