January 2020

Fake taxi driver jailed for 12 years for raping University of Leeds student

A man who raped a University of Leeds student while posing as a private hire driver has been jailed for 12 years.

Muhanad Adem, 29, of Lovell Park Hill, Leeds, picked up the female who had been on a night out with friends on 13 December 2018.

She typed her address into his mobile phone but he drove in the opposite direction, then stopped and raped her in the back of the car.

Adem, who had denied the charge, was jailed at Leeds Crown Court.

He was convicted last month, when a jury took less than three hours to reach a unanimous guilty verdict.

The court heard how Adem drove off after the attack, but the female managed to escape through the car window and contacted friends telling them what had happened.