A taxi driver and bouncer who raped a woman then covered her in leaves when she played dead has been labelled a “dangerous sexual predator and liar”.
Yassar Murat Ayuc, 49, targeted a vulnerable victim, giving her a lift in a car to a secluded spot. He later said the drunken woman forced herself on him, was “too strong” to stop, and he feared she would damage his penis.
A jury rejected his claims and found Ayuc - known as Turkish Tony - guilty of raping her in the early hours of June 5 last year. Judge Brian Cummings, QC, jailed him for nine years, with an extended five years on licence, at Liverpool Crown Court last month.
He said: “She played dead and lay motionless face down on the ground. Once you had finished the rape she was aware of you panicking and covering her over with leaves. You left her face down, apparently in an unconscious state, at the top of a slipway into a tidal river. You showed no regard for her at all. You treated her in an appalling, callous and cowardly way.”
The woman described herself as being ‘ten out of ten’ on a scale of drunkenness when she got in Ayuc’s car in Argyle Street, Birkenhead. She wanted to go to a friend’s home, but Ayuc started to touch her leg and headed to Bedford Road East. After Ayuc drove off she went looking for help making her way onto Rock Ferry bypass, where a taxi driver found her at 5.10am.
Robert Dudley, prosecuting, said forensic examination revealed Ayuc’s DNA on her jacket, jeans and knickers.
Judge Cummings said he strongly suspected Ayuc had been hanging around nightclubs in Liverpool looking for a vulnerable woman, rather than just talking to doormen pals as he claimed. The judge said: “Clearly her vulnerable condition was obvious and you targeted her intending to rape her.”
Judge Cummings ordered him to sign on the Sex Offenders Register for life and said: “You are a dangerous sexual predator and a dangerous liar.”
The Liverpool Echo revealed Ayuc was banned from the road for six months in 2015 after driving hen parties around in an illegal stretch limousine. He was previously caught in an undercover police sting when out kerb-crawling after repeatedly trying to entice a policewoman into his car.
Ayuc was hauled before Liverpool council’s taxi driver licensing panel, which could have revoked his licence. But he begged for mercy and the panel decided to suspend his licence for just one month.