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Female cabbie in fear of passenger after sex remarks

By Western Gazette - Crewkerne  |  Posted: October 18, 2012

A female taxi driver endured a terrifying ordeal at the hands of a male passenger when he made lurid sexual suggestions towards her, started to touch her and then invited her inside for sex.

Majed Seoud Islam boasted about the size of his manhood and tried to touch her arm and leg, leaving her afraid and intimidated.

Not knowing what to do, she put her foot down to get to the destination in Crewkerne quicker and, when she rejected his offer of “rough sex”, drove off without collecting his fare.

The 32-year-old, of Compton Road, South Petherton, pleaded guilty to assaulting Lesley Mico by beating on August 11 when he appeared before South Somerset and Mendip Magistrates.

Christine Hart, prosecuting, said that Mrs Mico was instructed to pick up Islam from his home address and take him to an address in Crewkerne, but when she arrived he came staggering towards the car bare-footed.

He was struggling to put his shoes on and the driver asked him to get into the rear of the car, but he refused so she reluctantly let him sit in the front passenger seat.

“While being driven in the car, Islam started to tell the victim she was beautiful and that he wanted to have sex with her, but she told him she was married,” she said.

“However, he then continued to make references about how large his penis was and said that she would not have touched anything that size before.

“He then took hold of the top of her left arm and she had to push him away. He then did it to her left leg and she had to push him away again.

“Mrs Mico then drove faster because she was concerned about the defendant and allowed him to have a cigarette inside the vehicle because she felt intimidated.

“Once at Crewkerne he said he wanted her to come in and have rough sex with him but she dropped him off and drove away without collecting any fare.”

Miss Hart said that when Islam was arrested and interviewed by police he made no comment.

She also told the court he had a previous conviction for a similar offence involving a member of staff at a restaurant.

Defending solicitor Jeffrey Bannister said that Islam suffered from mental health problems and social phobia and the offences had occurred when his medication had been reduced.

“As a result his mental health deteriorated, he was drinking more and on this occasion he had no recollection because of the amount of alcohol he had consumed,” he said.

“He recognises his health has deteriorated.

“His medication has been increased again and he is now in a stable condition and able to manage much better.

“He has also reduced his drinking and is seeking help from Turning Point to address this issue.”

The magistrates adjourned the case to November 9 for a pre-sentence report to be prepared and released Islam on unconditional bail.

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