A driver has been jailed for sexually molesting a teenage girl passenger.
According to the Keighley News, Nazar Abbas, 34, a married father from Bradford, was convicted by Bradford and Keighley magistrates in November of sexually assaulting his victim last June.
Last month he was imprisoned for 26 weeks and ordered to sign on the sex offenders’ register for seven years.
Abbas, who is employed at a bakery, was working part-time for DCW Private Hire at Cullingworth, prosecutor Suzanne Paige said.
He picked up the teenager at 3.20am after she had been out with friends in Halifax town centre.
She sat in the back of the cab while Abbas asked her personal questions.
When the cab slowed right down in an area she did not recognise, she asked him to speed up, saying she could drive the car faster. Abbas stopped the vehicle and made her drive, putting his hand on her knee as he told her which pedals to use. He stroked her thigh and asked how old she was, magistrates heard.
The teenager then swapped over to the front passenger seat and Abbas drove on with his hand on her leg, moving it up to her groin area.
Her father called her phone and Abbas sent back an automated reply, saying: “Sorry I am busy. Call back.”
When the cab had almost reached her home, in the Bingley area, the girl got out and told her parents what had happened.
The police were alerted and Abbas denied any wrongdoing.
Abbas still maintained his innocence and was appealing his conviction at Bradford Crown Court.