Men jailed for sexually assaulting female cab driver in Sheffield

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Two pals have been jailed after they sexually assaulted a female taxi driver on a drunken night out.

James Thorley, 31, and Lewis Thompson, 32, both from Burton Upon Trent went to the Holiday Inn Express on Blonk Street in Sheffield city centre.

It was the wrong hotel so they ordered the taxi to go to the Holiday Inn Express where they were actually staying - at Manvers Way, Wath upon Dearne.

But 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 bit 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, a father of three children aged six, four and three was ‘desperately sorry’.

Both admitted sexual assault on October 26 last year and Thompson was jailed for ten months, while Thorley was given an eight month sentence.

Judge Paul Watson said it was ‘deplorable conduct’.