A dangerous taxi driver who sexually assaulted a woman as he drove her home to Warrington has been jailed. Felix Chan, of no fixed address, was jailed for seven years at Liverpool Crown Court in August, after pleading guilty to two counts of sexual assault in Cheshire and one count of sexual assault in Merseyside.
The Warrington Guardian reports that the court heard that in the early hours of February 11, the victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, got in Chan’s taxi on Seel Street in Liverpool in order to be taken home to Warrington.
After she got in the taxi and Chan, 35, began travelling towards Warrington he then sexually assaulted her while she was asleep. This woke her up but the terrified victim pretended to be asleep and had to endure the ordeal.
It was only when Chan arrived at the victim’s address that he stopped and began shaking her in order to wake her up. When she got out of the car he then drove away.
Throughout the ordeal, he filmed the 20-year-old victim on his mobile phone and molested her. She was messaging her friends on Whatsapp as the attack began saying ‘he is feeling me up’.
The court heard she suffered panic attacks and sleepless nights, had counselling and was too scared to apply for a job in Liverpool.
DC David Schofield, from Warrington CID, said: “Chan is a dangerous predator who left the woman frozen in fear as he continued to sexually abuse her throughout the journey. Chan was working as a taxi driver at the time and clearly abused his position of trust to commit this offence.”
Chan was also put on the sex offenders register for life and received a sexual harm prevention order.
A petition calling for Erewash cabbies to be allowed to have fully-tinted windows in their taxis has been rejected over fears that vehicles could be used to enable the abuse of vulnerable children and adults.