A Stoke-on-Trent PHV driver has been convicted of sexually assaulting a passenger as she was travelling with her young son.
The Stoke Sentinel reports that Najibullah Hakani picked up the woman from her home in Crewe after she had booked his cab to take her to a friend's house in April 16, 2018.
But the 27-year-old, who had begun asking her personal questions and making lewd comments, pulled off the A500 near to some fields and asked her to get into the front of the car.
Frightened, the young mum, in her 20s, did as she was told before Hakani put his hand inside her top and grabbed her hand and placed it on his groin.
After making it to her friend's house shaking and upset, the woman reported the incident to the police, who linked Hakani to the assault thanks to a DNA sample from clothing.
He was arrested and ound guilty of one count of sexual assault at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court on 15 February. He was found not guilty of a second count.
Hakani, from Hartshill will be sentenced on March 8.
Detective Inspector Zoe Kelsall, of Staffordshire Police, said: "We’re thankful the victim had the courage to come forward and tell us what happened.
"This was a frightening experience for her as she was vulnerable and worried about her own safety and that of her child."