Taxi passenger groped by driver

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A married taxi driver has been given a community sentence for groping a female passenger - and told his ‘attitude towards women’ needs to change.

Shaukat Khan, aged 36, made comments to the 21-year-old woman and touched her during a fare to the Northern General Hospital.

Handing him a three-year community order and ordering him to attend a sex offenders’ course, Judge Michael Murphy QC said legal guidelines prevented him from jailing Khan.

But he said: “There is no such thing as sexual touching that is not serious.

“What makes this all the more serious is the fact you were a taxi driver and she was a passenger. A passenger is entitled to feel safe in a taxi.

“You have lost your job as a result and that is probably all to the good. You should not be driving when you have the attitude you displayed that night.

“Because of the sentencing guidelines I can’t deal with you so you lose your liberty.

“But your attitude towards women and behaviour like this need to be challenged and need to be re-directed 180 degrees.”

Ian West, prosecuting, said Khan, of Malton Street, Pitsmoor, was working for City Taxis when he picked up the woman at 8pm on Saturday, July 28, last year.

He talked ‘inappropriately’ and made a sexual remark before quizzing her about her sex life.

While adjusting the taxi computer, Khan touched her leg twice, then touched her bottom as she got out of the cab.

“She felt embarrassed and violated,” said Mr West.

Sukdev Garcha, defending, said Khan was a family man and well-respected in his community.

He said his licence had been suspended and would eventually be revoked and it was unlikely he would work as a taxi driver again.