Two friends have been jailed after they sexually assaulted a female taxi driver on a drunken night out.
The Sheffield Star reports that James Thorley, aged 31, and Lewis Thompson, 32, both from Burton upon Trent ordered a taxi to go to the Holiday Inn Express where they were actually staying in Wath-upon-Dearne.
On the way, their drunken banter turned into a sexual assault on the driver accompanied by sexual innuendo while the taxi was moving.
Christopher Smith, prosecuting, told Sheffield Crown Court: “The victim was a public servant working at night in the confines of her own vehicle.”
The woman, who was praised for her ‘fortitude’ by the judge, said in a statement: “I won’t let the incident put me off my job but I will be more wary. It was a scary incident.”
Andrew Smith, defending both men, said they were equally hard-working and had been drinking on a night out.
“It was boisterous, immature behaviour which got completely out of hand,” he said.
He said Thorley had written a letter to the victim apologising for his behaviour and Thompson was ‘desperately sorry’.
Both admitted sexual assault on October 26 last year.
Thompson was jailed for ten months and Thorley locked up for eight months.
Judge Paul Watson said it was “deplorable conduct”.